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Smoke On The Water: Santa Monica, Westside Air Quality Unhealthful Due to Fires

Some Report Three Layers of Smoke over the San Fernando Valley

There was a whole lot of smoke in the air Friday evening, after the Saddleridge Fire filled the air with smoke.

This text alert from the city of Santa Monica Saturday morning: “SM Alert - Regional wildfire activity continues to cause unhealthy air quality in Santa Monica. All outdoor Community & Cultural Services activities and Farmers Markets will be suspended on Sat. 10/12/19. If you smell smoke, limit outdoor exposure. For more health tips visit”

On Twitter, one woman reported she was "definitely smelling the #SaddlerRidgeFire smoke here in Santa Monica✨🙏✨prayers for all the people and animals affected @jordanalexisc

Another tweeted: This fire... we have debris flying in the air, the grey layer of smoke has now come upon Santa Monica. Smells horribly outside, the mountains are fading out.. this is worse than Malibu one" @JialingW

"Fire season is ducking scary. Smoke from the #SaddleridgeFire looking north towards Malibu from Palisades Park in Santa Monica," another person tweeted.

Half a dozen freeways were closed today. Traffic was actually light on the Santa Monica Freeway Friday, as many people stayed home.

In Sylmar, horses were set loose in an attempt to save them. A separate fire in Calimesa near Riverside County burned an 89-year-old woman alive, when her trailer park immolated. That fire is now a criminal investigation, believed to have been caused when a trash truck driver dumped a burning load of trash by the side of the road.

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