MOJAVE DESERT AIR BASIN — Smoke from fires still raging hundreds of miles north of the Mojave Desert is expected to drift into the region this weekend.
Fires in Northern California and even Oregon are sending smoke to the south of them, hampering air quality throughout California.
Based on wind pattern forecasts, residents within the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District’s boundaries could feel the effects of smoke early Saturday morning with the heaviest amount moving in early Saturday afternoon. Smoke and haze could still be present Sunday morning but is expected to clear up by late Sunday.
If you can smell smoke, you’re breathing smoke. When smoke is present, residents should avoid excessive outdoor exercise or activity. Children, seniors, people with heart or lung disease and physically active adults are at greatest risk during poor air quality events.