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Air Quality Advisory Issued in Vegas Due to California Fire

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Officials are blaming poor air quality and smoky skies in Las Vegas on wildfires in California, including a massive blaze in the Angeles National Forest just north of Los Angeles.

The Clark County Department of Air Quality issued an advisory Monday that remains in effect through Tuesday for potentially elevated levels of ozone and smoke in southern Nevada.

It says people with respiratory problems, cardiac disease, young children and senior citizens may be most affected.

The smoke is blamed on a blaze spreading across more than 51 square miles (132 square kilometers) near Santa Clarita, some 230 miles (370 kilometers) southwest of Las Vegas.

Nearly 3,000 firefighters are battling the wildfire that has destroyed at least 18 residences and forced the evacuation of an estimated 20,000 people.

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