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Weather Moving Smoke From Northern California Wildfires Onto Central, South Coasts

National Weather Service
A National Weather Service satellite map shows the smoke plume from Northern California wildfires hitting the Central and South Coasts of the state.

South Coast should improve Saturday, but Central Coast could see even more smoke.

Smoke from Northern California's wildfires continues to blanket much of the Central and South Coasts. In Santa Barbara County, the smoke was dense enough in some areas that drivers used their headlights Friday.

The weather pattern bringing smoke south from the huge fires is shifting this weekend.

It's expected that the South Coast will see clearer skies on Saturday. But, the change is expected to shift what amounts to a river of smoke north of Point Conception, so air quality on the Central Coast could be even worse Saturday.

Air pollution control experts say if you see or smell smoke, you shouldn't exercise outside. And, if you have respiratory issues, you should stay inside.

Meanwhile, the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District is holding some giveaways which will help some Central Coast residents deal with the smoke issue. On Sunday, they will give away free air purifiers to Guadalupe and Casmalia residents. The giveaways will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, at the Guadalupe Dunes Center.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.