Reporting Chuck Meyer
(LAS VEGAS, KXNT)–The Clark County Department of Air Quality has issued an advisory for the region because of high winds and smoke from a wildfire burning in the Los Padres National Forest in Southern California.
The department expects the advisory to remain in effect through late Friday afternoon. Expect blowing dust and smoke.
Smoke is made of small dust particles and other pollutants that can aggravate respiratory diseases.
Phil Wiker, a meteorologist with the Air Quality Department, tells KXNT that those with respiratory issues might consider taking precautions including limiting outdoor exposure and exertion, keeping windows closed and the air conditioner on in the car and home, and keeping all filters clean.
Although the department stresses that unhealthy levels of air pollution are not occurring at this time. Officials recommend the following tips to keep dust down: Drive slowly on unpaved roads, do not take short cuts across vacant lots, and fence off barren property, or cover it, with gravel, rock, or desert-friendly landscaping.
In smoky conditions, it is recommended that people wear a painter’s mask or surgical mask if they work out doors. This prevents the inhaling of smoke, dust, and particulates.