Photo via OnScene.TV.
Photo via OnScene.TV.

While fire crews are making progress in their battle against the raging Sand Fire, health officials warned that smoke from the blaze is still contributing to unhealthy air.

County Department of Public Health officials said air quality will be unhealthy today in the Santa Clarita and Antelope valleys and the San Gabriel Mountains. The air will be unhealthy for people with “sensitive” health conditions in the San Gabriel Valley.

Smoke from the Sand Fire is contributing particularly to bad air quality in the Santa Clarita Valley and San Gabriel Mountains.

Health officials urged people living or working in the Santa Clarita, Antelope and San Gabriel valleys and the San Gabriel Mountains with heart disease, asthma or other respiratory conditions to minimize outdoor activites.

The South Coast Air Quality Management District extended a smoke advisory until midnight Wednesday for portions of the Santa Clarita Valley and the San Gabriel Mountains. The agency also urged residents in those areas to stay indoors, and to avoid using swamp coolers or wood-burning appliances.

—Staff and wire reports

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