Zaca Fire may worsen air quality by weekend

by Tyler Suchman on August 16, 2007

From the VC Star:
A cloud of smoke from the Zaca fire that continues to cover Ventura County poses no immediate danger to residents, but air quality likely will worsen over the weekend and early next week, air pollution officials said Thursday…A high-pressure system arriving over the next few days is expected to lower the smoke and fine particulates that can get into people’s lungs and cause problems
The 127,200-acre Zaca fire in Santa Barbara County continues to consume large swaths of wilderness on its eastward march and is expected to reach “back burns” that have been established inside Ventura County within days, said Maeton Freel, an information officer with the National Forest Service.
“The fire is still 22 miles west of Ojai,” Freel said, “and 11 miles west of Matilija Canyon Road, where there are some homes.”… Portions of Highway 33 north of Ojai might be closed over the next few days so fire crews can use the highway as a staging area, Freel said.
(hat tip to reader Robert Lloyd)

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{ 4 comments }

kate August 17, 2007 at 9:47 am
Dana and Alyeska August 17, 2007 at 10:15 am

Was there a big increase in the wind these past 24 hours?
I could see on the webcam that Ojai’s air is worse today than the last two days. It must be miserable for those with hay-fever and those with lung problems. I also heard that many are simply staying indoors as much as possible to avoid the air.

Tyler August 17, 2007 at 11:47 am

Dana – from the article above…
A high-pressure system arriving over the next few days is expected to lower the smoke and fine particulates that can get into people’s lungs and cause problems
I was just up at Meditation Mount – the air seems worse up there than it does downtown Ojai.

kate August 17, 2007 at 11:57 am

my roomie just drove from ojai to montecito and got that sort of panoramic view on the way. he said santa barbara is covered and montecito is really nasty. he also said the smokey air appears to even extend out over the water.
ventura downtown was ok yesterday. i’ve not been today but it’s a possible respite for people. the air yesterday started to change when i left casita springs and got into west downtown.

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