Kagel Canyon Fire
Flames from the Kagel Canyon Fire early Tuesday morning. Courtesy OnScene.TV

Raging wildfires heaved an amber-colored smoky haze into Los Angeles skies on Tuesday covering many vehicles in the region with a blanket of ash.

The South Coast Air Quality Management District issued a smoke advisory through Wednesday morning due to the fires burning in the Southland.

“Everyone should avoid any vigorous outdoor or indoor exertion,” the advisory states. “People with respiratory or heart disease, pregnant women, older adults and children should remain indoors. Keep windows and doors closed or seek alternate shelter. Run your air conditioner if you have one, and keep the fresh air intake closed and the filter clean to prevent bringing additional smoke inside.”

Deteriorating air quality caused by a colossal fire in nearby Ventura County has also impacted students enrolled in classes of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District.

A letter to parents and guardians that was posted on the district’s website by Superintendent Ben Drati says: “We understand that there are very smoky and windy conditions this morning in our communities. School is in session; however, we will be running on an indoor schedule today, including for physical education, lunch and recess.”

–Staff and wire reports

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