Polluted air, health problems brought by California fires are expected to linger


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The Thomas fire leaves a thick layer of smoke in Ventura on Friday. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

CARPINTERIA, Calif.—A week of major wind-whipped fires across Southern California has caused significant air pollution and health problems. The air quality is worst in and around fires burning from Ventura County to San Diego County, but the smoke has traveled to places not threatened by the flames. And with the Santa Ana winds dying down, officials…

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