LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Smoke from the “Apple Fire” in Southern California has resulted in Clark County issuing a smoke and ozone advisory for Monday and Tuesday.
Firefighters continue to struggle to contain the fire which has scorched more than 20,000 acres east of Los Angeles and resulted in evacuation orders for thousands of people. The fire is south of Big Bear and has burned into the San Bernardino National Forest and is only 5% contained.
Smoke from the fire will impact Southern Nevada for the next few days.
The Clark County Department of Environment and Sustainability officials say the smoke, made of small dust particles and other pollutants, can aggravate respiratory diseases and contribute to ground-level ozone formation. People with respiratory problems or cardiac disease, as well as young children and senior citizens, might want to stay indoors.
SMOKE AND OZONE TIPS
• Stay indoors when you smell or see smoke.
• Limit outdoor activity and exertion when ozone levels are elevated – exercise makes you breathe heavier and increases the amount of particulates you may inhale.
• Keep windows and doors closed. Run your air conditioner inside your house and car. Air conditioning filters out smoke and particles.
• Change your indoor air filters if they are dirty.
• Schedule activities for the morning or evening when ozone levels are usually lower.
• Substitute a less intense activity – walk instead of jog, for example.
• Reduce driving – combine errands into one trip.
• Don’t idle your car engine unnecessarily
• Use mass transit or carpool.
• Fill up your gas tank after sunset. Try not to spill gasoline when filling up, and don’t top off your tank.
• Keep your car well maintained.
• Consider landscaping that uses less water and gas-powered equipment to maintain.
• Turn off lights and electronics when not in use. Less fuel burned at power plants means cleaner air.