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Erskine fire shrouds Las Vegas valley in smoke

Posted at 11:39 PM, Jun 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-25 02:39:16-04
Flames roar into the sky in California.
The Erskine fire is burning through thousands of acres near Lake Isabella, five hours southwest of Las Vegas. But it’s blurring the skyline and mountains surrounding Las Vegas in a shroud of smoke.
Right now, the Las Vegas valley is under an air quality advisory.
"Usually, it's a little bit easier to breathe," said nine-year-old Landyn Woodbeck. "It's kind of harder to breathe."
The Clark County Air Quality Department recommends seniors, people with respiratory problems and young kids to stay indoors.
"Honestly, I don't know if I'm going to follow the right directions because I really like it outside," Woodbeck said, headed outside to hand out cookies and water to firefighters as they battled a blaze on Mason Avenue.
Viviana Orcini waited until the sun dropped a little before taking her daughter Dylan outside to play with her pets at the dog park.
"I'm very concerned about it," Orcini said. "The fact that the air is not clear. I don't feel safe bringing my kids out to play."
The bad air made this an inside play day as least until nightfall. "We pretty much stayed inside and played some board games," Orcini said.