Residents fleeing Thomas Fire find relief in neighboring San Luis Obispo County

PASO ROBLES, Calif. - The Thomas Fire burning in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties is sending people north for some relief from the poor air quality. 

"It has been nice being outdoors and being able to breathe," says Vicki Wang, who is from Goleta, but is spending the week in Paso Robles with her family. 

"The air is terrible, and we were inside for about four days straight," she says. We didn't want go outside. We came up to Paso to get some blue skies and some fresh air, and try some local wines."

Similar to when wildfires were burning in the Santa Rosa area, wine and outdoor lovers are finding relief on the central coast.

"There are a lot of people from Santa Barbara who are coming up to the Paso area to taste wine," says Tobin James, owner of Tobin James Winery. The winery is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, and Tobin says the tasting room has been busy with crowds from the south coast. 

"You can get out and see the countryside, and if people from Santa Barbara haven't been here, this is a really good time to come out."

San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution District officials say while the smoke from the Thomas Fire can be seen from most of the coast sections of the county, air quality remains at healthy levels. 

A relief for those to breathe some fresh air, and an excuse to enjoy some central coast culture. 

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