The Latest: Southern California fires caused by unhealthy air

LOS ANGELES – The Latest on forest fires of California (all times are local):

In the afternoon

Officials say the smoke from wind-whipped forest fire is causing unhealthy air for large parts of Southern California.

A flare-up on Sunday at the western edge of a large fire burning in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties to a new feather added to heavy smoke already choking areas around the cities of Ventura, Oxnard and Santa Paula.

The Ventura County Air Pollution Control District says the air quality is especially bad in the Ojai Valley, where it again reaches dangerous levels, as fire, burned the surrounding hills.

To the southeast, regulators warned Saturday of unhealthy air in parts of Los Angeles, in spite of the progress against several fires burning.

The South Coast Air Quality Management District urged residents to avoid vigorous outdoor activities.


9:05 pm

A large flare-up on the western edge of Southern California, the largest and most destructive wildfire has sent residents fleeing as the flames churned through the canyons and down hills in the direction of coastal towns.

New evacuations were ordered Sunday in Carpinteria, a seaside city northwest of Los Angeles.

Santa Barbara County Fire spokesman Mike Eliason says the crew saved several homes as unpredictable winds fanned the blaze.

The department posted a photo of a residence engulfed in flames. It is unclear whether other structures burned.

Firefighters made significant progress on other fronts of the huge fire that started Dec. 4 in Ventura County.

Forecasters say Santa Ana winds that whipped cream several fires in the region are expected to die down later on Sunday.

Containment is a road heats up in Los Angeles, Riverside and San Diego county.

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