On Tuesday, Santa Barbara County Public Health Department issued an air quality watch for the area, due to the Alisal Fire, which is now burning on roughly 14,500 acres.
“Smoke and ash from the Alisal Fire could affect local air quality. Strong winds, locally and across the state, are also stirring up dust and ash into the air. This is a dynamic situation, and local air quality conditions can change quickly,” a press release from the county stated.
As of Wednesday, Santa Barbara and Santa Maria were seeing “moderate” air quality, while Goleta and Carpinteria were seeing “good” air quality.