The return of the Santa Ana winds is complicating the fight against the Woolsey Fire, but those gusty winds are also driving out smoke that have choked the greater LA area.
Air quality is improving, even as the tenacious wildfire continues to burn on both sides of the Ventura and Los Angeles county border.
As this air quality map shows, air quality is expected to be moderate across the LA basin today. The National Weather Service has released a model illustrating how the Santa Ana winds are expected to continue pushing the smoke out of the LA area and over the ocean.
No-burn days are still in effect through Monday for the areas covered by the South Coast Air Quality Management District. Residents were warned not to use their fireplaces, fire pits, or burn wood or manufactured logs due to the high level of air pollution from the fires.
Here is the latest high resolution HRRR Smoke model. Much of the smoke will continue to push into the coastal waters due to the continued Santa Ana Winds today. #WoolseyFire #cawx #LAweather pic.twitter.com/RVaSmwe3tj— NWS Los Angeles (@NWSLosAngeles) November 12, 2018
The Ventura County Air Pollution Control District predicted yesterday that the worst air in Ventura County would be in Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, and Camarillo, where ash may continue to fall.
If you smell smoke or see ash due to #wildfire, limit your exposure by remaining indoors with windows and doors closed or seeking alternate shelter, and avoiding vigorous physical activity. Wildfire Smoke & Ash Health & Safety Tips: https://t.co/AvBrd62bfb #WoolseyFire #HillFire pic.twitter.com/fOMPAPUTUW— South Coast AQMD (@SouthCoastAQMD) November 10, 2018
Red flag warnings have been issued in both counties through Tuesday evening. The high winds are largely blowing smoke out toward the ocean, but the gusts are also dry and strong, which can fan and spread fire, says National Weather Service meteorologist John Dumas.
“That’s not good for air quality, obviously,” he says.