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Bad air day all around

October 9, 2008 |  2:39 pm

Camp Pendleton

Feeling a little smoky today? That fire in Camp Pendleton has sent smoke into the L.A. Basin, prompting many calls to local fire departments wondering if there was a brusher burning nearby. From The Times' Tony Perry:

Brian Humphrey, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department, said emergency dispatchers have received hundreds of phone calls today from residents reporting the smell of smoke. Firefighters believe the smoke drifted offshore overnight and is being swept back to land today. The South Coast Air Quality Management District issued a smoke advisory today for areas affected by smoke, urging residents to avoid unnecessary outdoor activities.

Remember the huge wildfires last year? Well, a new report found the fires worsen air quality. From the Associated Press:

An outbreak of wildfires in California last year worsened smog pollution in rural areas and caused levels to spike above federal air quality standards, a study released Thursday found. California witnessed an intense wildfire season in 2007 with drought conditions and unusually powerful Santa Ana winds fanning flames. More than 9,000 fires blackened over a million acres around the state and destroyed more than 2,000 homes. Scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research focused on blazes that broke out last September and October.

-- Shelby Grad

Photo credit: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times