Smoke Advisory Issued Due To Sherpa Fire

The 4,000-acre Sherpa Fire continues to burn west of Goleta. Image from

The South Coast Air Quality Management District has issued a smoke advisory as offshore winds may spread smoke from the still raging Sherpa Fire across portions of Los Angeles County Friday, June 17 and into Saturday, June 18.

While most of the smoke is dispersed and remains aloft, smoke may affect communities across the South Coast Air Basin at times, according to the SCAQMD in a written statement.

Much of the smoke is not causing significant air quality concerns, haze is noticeable. Air quality may reach unhealthy levels that can affect sensitive groups in some locations.

The Sherpa Fire ignited June 15 in Santa Barbara County, west of Goleta and has burned 4,000 acres of the Los Padres National Forest.

One structure has burned and 270 structures are threatened. The fire is five percent contained, according to the South Sierra Interagency Incident Management Team.