MOJAVE DESERT AIR BASIN — Residents can breathe a bit easier now as the smoke advisory enacted last week is officially lifted and smoke from the Holy Fire has largely left the region.
The fire, which began on Aug. 6 and has scorched more than 22,000 acres in Orange and Riverside counties, hampered air quality in the basin for several days and forced a smoke advisory for MDAQMD’s entire jurisdiction.
Smoke may still show as a mild haze over the next few days, particularly around sunrise and sunset, but isn’t expected to be present at ground-level, based on wind pattern forecasts and slowed activity of the Holy Fire.
MDAQMD is the air pollution control authority and permitting agency for the High Desert portion of San Bernardino County and the Palo Verde Valley in Riverside County. It’s governed by a board of 13 members representing nine incorporated municipalities and two counties within its boundaries. Visit www.mdaqmd.ca.gov or follow us on social media @MDAQMD.