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Smoke from Mexico fires drifting into San Diego, advisory issued

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SAN DIEGO (NEWS 8/CNS) - The San Diego County Air Pollution Control District issued a smoke advisory on Thursday due to a wildfire in Baja California that has sent an ashy haze into the skies over the U.S.-Mexico border.

Concentrations of airborne contaminants emanating from the large blaze in Rosarito could reach unhealthy levels in some communities in the San Diego area, the agency advised.

District officials advised those in locales where the odor of smoke is detectable to limit their physical activities for the time being and stay indoors as much as possible until conditions improve.

The APCD advisory said:  

Due to the fire burning near Rosarito in Mexico, localized areas of smoke have occurred in areas of San Diego County.  As a result fine particulates, or PM2.5 concentrations, may reach unhealthful levels in some smoke impacted areas. 

In areas of heavy smoke, assume that air quality levels are unhealthy for sensitive groups to unhealthy for all individuals.  In areas with minor smoke impacts, assume that air quality levels range from moderate to unhealthy for sensitive groups. 

In areas where you smell smoke it is advised that you limit physical activity.  If possible, stay indoors to limit your exposure to fine particulate matter. 

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