|August 31, 2009
Smoke from the Station Fire near La Canada continues to cause
Unhealthy to Hazardous air quality in the San Gabriel Mountains and the West
San Gabriel Valley. Very high concentration of fine particulates are
occurring in areas of direct smoke impacts near the fire, especially in the
foothill communities of Altadena, La Canada Flintridge, La Crescenta,
Tujunga, Sunland, Montrose and Acton. Everyone should avoid physical
activity in these areas.
All individuals are urged to exercise caution and avoid unnecessary
outdoor activities in any area directly impacted by smoke. This includes
areas where residents can see or smell smoke.
Air quality will reach Unhealthy levels, or higher, in smoke impacted
areas, especially near the fires. These areas will likely include:
- the San Gabriel Mountains;
- the West San Gabriel Valley;
- the West San Bernardino Mountains;
- the Santa Clarita Valley;
- the San Fernando Valley;
- the East San Gabriel Valley;
- the East San Bernardino Valley near the Yuciapa fire;
- the East San Bernardino Mountains; and
- the Banning/San Gorgonio Pass.
In areas with Hazardous air quality, everyone should avoid outdoor
activity. Those with respiratory or other smoke-related symptoms should
evacuate to an area with cleaner air.
In areas with Unhealthy air quality and those directly impacted by smoke:
Everyone should avoid any vigorous outdoor or indoor exertion; people with
respiratory or heart disease, the elderly, and children should remain
indoors. Keep your windows and doors closed unless it is extremely hot
inside. In these cases, seek alternate shelter. Run your air conditioner if
you have one. Keep the fresh air intake closed and the filter clean to
prevent bringing additional smoke inside.
For regularly updated air quality information, see the air quality map at
www.aqmd.gov. For more tips on avoiding
health impacts from the smoke, see
AQMD is the air pollution control agency for Orange County and major
portions of Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside counties.