With the smell of California wildfires in the air, President Donald Trump on Monday ignored the scientific consensus that climate change is playing a central role in historic West Coast infernos.
According to air-quality data from IQAir, Long Beach could experience hazardous air conditions on Saturday and unhealthy levels into next week.
Residents who can see or smell smoke should avoid unnecessary outdoor activities.
Firefighters arrived within minutes and the distraught couple told them what happened and provided their own photos and video to aid the investigation.
Strong winds fanned new fires in the Inland Empire on Thursday, burning homes and forcing residents to flee.
“This Santa Ana wind event will likely be the strongest we have seen so far this season,” according to the weather service.
In Long Beach, Mayor Robert Garcia said the LBFD was monitoring “sensitive sites” in Long Beach amid the fire-prone weather conditions.
President Donald Trump threatened Wednesday to withhold money to help California cope with wildfires.
The Woolsey and Hill fires in Ventura and Los Angeles counties has led to unhealthy air quality in the Los Angeles region, including parts of Long Beach where a smoke advisory has been issued.
Los Angeles County fire Chief Daryl Osby said Saturday that firefighters told him they were working in the toughest, most extreme conditions they had seen in their lives on Friday night.