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Surrey man says California wildfire causing 'traffic nightmare' in L.A.

Last Updated Oct 28, 2019 at 5:06 pm PDT

Flames from a backfire, lit by firefighters to slow the spread of the Kincade Fire, burn a hillside in unincorporated Sonoma County, Calif., near Geyservillle on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019. Authorities are fighting a Northern California blaze that forced evacuation orders and warnings for nearly all of Sonoma County stretching to the coast, with forecasts of strong winds prompting officials to start cutting electricity for millions of people in an effort to prevent more fires. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
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The former NEWS 1130 staffer says the air is beyond awful and traffic is insane

The fire is causing a traffic nightmare in the "traffic nightmare" capital of California

Mass evacuations are in effect in Northern and Southern California

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (NEWS 1130) – As fires rip up California from south to north, a Surrey man living in Los Angeles who there’s no shortage of bad air and horrible traffic.

Jas Kang lives in L.A. proper, meaning flames aren’t exactly creeping right up to where he lives. But the former NEWS 1130 staffer says the air is beyond awful.

“If you end up going up higher in a building, like where I work in this certain area you can go up to the roof top and see the air quality from there. It’s tough to breath and it’s tough to take in. It really hits your chest and throat,” he explains. “Air quality wise, it does have an affect on the entire area. The air just quality drops – it’s hard to breathe when you’re outside. But I think the biggest effect it has is basically on traffic.”

He says the areas burning nearby are trapping a lot of smoke in the air which, added to the usual smog, is making breathing hard for some.

Kang says the big impacts aren’t just to people’s lungs and property, but it’s causing a traffic nightmare in the “traffic nightmare” capital of California.

“Where the fire is happening now is basically the busiest roadway in North America, it’s on the 405 and 101,” he says adding getting around on a Monday afternoon is going to be terrible.

“Even if you’re in your vehicle travelling through there, it’s just tough to breath,” he says. “It looks apocalyptic. When you’re driving through the hills you’re basically able to see these flames and if you’re going early in the morning or later at night I mean obviously it becomes a little more apparent there because it’s so dark,” he says.

Since he lives in the city, Kang says he doesn’t see flames outside his windows, but the impacts are tangible. He says the fires have been whipping up near one of the busiest freeways on the continent and just about every Californian is paying attention to what’s happening.

“This recent fire now – the Getty fire – I mean it doesn’t matter what channel you turn to, it doesn’t matter what dial you put the radio on, everybody here is talking about what’s going on with this fire,” he says.

Mass evacuations are in effect in Northern and Southern California.

With files from Tim James.