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Hazardous Air Quality and High Wind Warning; Stay Indoors and Limit Outdoor Activity

Date: October, 26 2020 Category: City Manager

Due to nearby wildfires, the air quality in Santa Ana and much of Orange County is considered “hazardous” by the South Coast Air Quality Management District.

 

The AQMD advises a “health warning of emergency conditions. The entire population is more likely to be affected. Everyone should avoid all physical activity outdoors.” If you can smell smoke or see ash from a wildfire, avoid or limit outdoor activities.

 

The City of Santa Ana is closing public swimming pools, Boo at the Zoo and other outdoor City activities until the air quality improves. Today’s Santa Ana CARES Mobile Resource Center at Adams Park is ending early in order to protect the health of the public and City staff.

 

No evacuation orders have been issued for Santa Ana.

 

The National Weather Service has also issued a high-wind warning in our area until 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27. Please be cautious of downed trees, debris and power lines, low visibility caused by dust, and risks to high-profile vehicles.

 

The NWS advises that people avoid being outside in forested areas and around trees and branches. If possible, remain in the lower levels of your home during the windstorm, and avoid windows. Use caution if you must drive.

 

To report downed trees and debris, call the Santa Ana Public Works Agency at (714) 647-3380, email PWADispatch@santa-ana.org or download the mySantaAna app.

 

For downed power lines, call 911.

 

Public Safety Power Outages are also possible.

 

The County of Orange’s Emergency Operations Center has a public information hotline for wildfire-related questions: (714) 628-7085.

 

Get air quality updates at www.aqmd.gov/home/air-quality.