Air quality in the Sacramento Valley remained grim Thursday because of smoke from the massive Camp fire.
Smoke has been pouring into the Sacramento area since the blaze in Paradise, Calif., north of the capital, began. It has pushed the region’s air quality into the unhealthy zone on the Environmental Protection Agency’s index.
That means people with heart or lung disease, older adults and children should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion outside, while everyone else should reduce outdoor activities.
California issues warning about air quality. A major health concern regarding the Camp fire is Carbon Monoxide exposure. The maximum exposure rate is 9 ppm for a 8 hour exposure "once" a year. Sacramento current first image 2.25 ppm. 2nd image 33 hours earlier 2.66 ppm. pic.twitter.com/ni3Odn6OHN
Residents waited along the road, their trucks and SUVs parked in the dirt near the hillside. The faint smell of smoke lingered in the air.
Ali Reza Ahmadian, 34, was trying to get supplies to his father and sister, who live across the street from Zuma Beach. The downtown Los Angeles resident had been able to get food and water to his dad this week, but he couldn’t get through Thursday.
“They were letting people with local driver’s licenses in,” he said. “Then they had escorts. Now it’s a hard shutdown.”
Bipartisanship reigned Thursday as Gov. Jerry Brown and Trump administration officials toured the devastation in the Woolsey fire zone and officials prepared for President Trump’s visit to Paradise, Calif., on Saturday.
A few days ago, the president was criticized for a recent tweet that incorrectly stated the fires were the result of poor forest management. The tweet also threatened to cut off funding to California. Trump since has spoken to Brown, saying he was “completely behind California.”
Brown met with U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and state fire officials in Camarillo.
When Phoebe Scott saw Thunder, Luke and Gidget in a Los Angeles Times photograph last week, she was alarmed by the image’s apocalyptic and bleak appearance.
It didn’t look like that, she said, when she left the two alpacas and horse at Zuma Beach to find shelter for other animals, including five goats waiting for her in her Mini Cooper.
Scott, a board member for the nonprofit Big Heart Ranch, immediately began thinking about how she could use the photo to locate the alpacas and horse, just three of the 66 therapy animals evacuated Friday from the Malibu property.
She thought the photo couldn’t have been snapped much longer after she had left because she had taken a photograph on her phone of a distressed owl on the sandy beach. It appeared to be the same owl that Los Angeles Times photographer Wally Skalij snapped just an hour before finding the alpacas tied to the lifeguard stand.
Skalij said he was drawn to the area when he saw horses on the beach, and then the unusual sight of the owl.
Randy Couch stood on the side of Kanan Road on Thursday morning, his cellphone on speaker mode as he waited. He had been on hold with Southern California Edison for 20 minutes, trying to get information about when power would return to his home.
Couch, who has been a resident of the Seminole Springs Mobile Home Park in Agoura Hills since 1981, lives along a creek that cuts through the park in a private cul-de-sac. The homes on his side of the creek — the one closer to Mulholland Highway — were spared by the Woolsey fire, he said. His brother’s home survived too.
But most of the houses on the other side burned, the electrical contractor said, adding that 101 of his 215 neighbors had lost everything.
Couch’s home has been powered by a generator since the electricity went out. He’s been able to cook and do laundry. But the area has no cellphone reception, so he has to leave to make any calls.
Gov. Jerry Brown and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke met with Woolsey fire incident commanders Thursday morning in Camarillo and pledged to work together to help those recovering from the state’s devastating fire siege.
Zinke and Brown had toured the scene of the Camp fire in Paradise on Wednesday.
“This is my fourth time to California, all of which have been fires,” Zinke said. “And every time I come back, I say this is the worst fire I’ve seen.