Just looking up at the skies in Los Angeles, you can see it. A thick haze from smoky conditions that some people say is giving them headaches and making them nauseous.
“It’s pretty uncomfortable,” said Randy Winters, who lives near the Bobcat Fire burning in the Angeles National Forest.
With wildfires burning to the north and south of Los Angeles, the air quality has been deemed unhealthy by experts.
“The smoky air outside can cause burning eyes, scratchy throat, headaches, coughing, and even trouble breathing,” said Jo Kay Gosh with the South Coast Air Quality Management District.
Smoke and ash are not only a problem outside but coming through windows — one resident of Hermosa Beach found ash all over his washing machine.
“I think it’s terrible but it’s something we have to deal with,” said Tom Jonas, who lives in Marina del Rey. “We all need to listen to people who have knowledge of the air quality and take that to heart.”
People are advised by the South Coast Air Quality Management District to avoid outdoor activities.
“The best thing you can do is try to limit how much smoke you’re breathing by staying indoors with your doors and windows shut,” added Gosh.
Anyone who gets a headache or feels sick should immediately go inside.
“If you have an air conditioner or air humidifier, you can try to run that with a clean filter to try to minimize how much smoke you’re breathing in,” said Gosh.