California wildfire smoke clouding Pima County skies

Posted at 11:52 AM, Sep 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-08 14:52:28-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — Smoke from Southern California wildfires is clouding Pima County skies.

“At this point, air quality is in the ‘good’ range because the smoke is staying elevated, but as the wind picks up, a mixing of the air may happen and increase the number of smoke particles at nose (and monitor) level,” said Beth Gorman, Pima County Department of Environmental Quality Senior Program Manager, in a statement. “If that happens and you smell smoke where you live, we encourage those who are very sensitive to air pollution to stay inside or reduce excursion when outside.”

The smoke can cause ground-level ozone and particulate matter to pollute the air.

The smoke and haze could remain in Pima County until Friday. For updates on pollution levels, click here.