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Clark Co. air quality advisory issued amid Cajon Pass fire

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A FOX5 viewer submitted this video of the hazy sunrise over Las Vegas on August 17, 2016. (Source: Linda Lindstrom) A FOX5 viewer submitted this video of the hazy sunrise over Las Vegas on August 17, 2016. (Source: Linda Lindstrom)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

It was hard to ignore the hazy sky at dawn Wednesday morning over the Las Vegas Valley.

The Bluecut Fire in the Cajon Pass, located between Victorville and San Bernardino in Southern California, already burned at least 30,000 acres within the first 24 hours of its ignition Tuesday.

In response to the smoke wafting towards Southern Nevada, the Clark County Department of Air Quality issued an air quality advisory for potentially elevated levels of ozone and smoke, effective from Wednesday through Friday.

As of Wednesday morning, the county's website that monitors air quality showed unhealthy levels of ozone in the air. 

In these times, people with respiratory problems, heart issues, young children and senior citizen may be the most sensitive to these elevated levels.

The following is recommended when an advisory is in effect:

  • If you work outdoors, consider wearing a painter's mask or surgical mask. This will help reduce your exposure to dust and particulates.
  • Limit outdoor exertion. Exercise, for example, makes you breathe heavier and increases the amount of particulates you are likely to inhale.
  • Keep windows closed. Run your air conditioner inside your house and car. Your air conditioner filters out dust and particulates.
  • Consider changing your indoor air filters if they are dirty.
  • Use your prescription allergy medication or over-the-counter hay fever or sinus medications if you experience symptoms of itchy eyes, a runny nose, or congestion.

Air quality conditions can be monitored anytime at this link.

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