Smoke and ash from the 600-acre Bonita Fire burning near Mountain Center may affect people with breathing disorders who live in the vicinity, prompting the South Coast Air Quality Management District Friday to issue a smoke advisory.

According to the AQMD, smoke from the wildland blaze was drifting to the southwest, over the Anza Valley, as of early afternoon, and for the time being, “good air quality index levels” have been recorded.

However, people with sensitive conditions should be aware of the hazards from exposure to any particulate matter, AQMD officials said.

“If you smell smoke or see ash due to a wildfire, limit your exposure by remaining indoors with windows and doors closed … and avoiding vigorous physical activity,” the air quality agency recommended.

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Crews were making steady progress encircling the blaze, which started about 1 a.m.

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