UPDATE/Aug. 27, 2009: For the second straight day, the County of Los Angeles has issued an air-quality alert as a second wildfire has ignited in the Angeles National Forest. The alert can be found here: http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/phcommon/public/media/mediapubhpdetail.cfm?prid=722.
Wildfire smoke prompts health alert in L.A.
Officials urge respiratory caution,
reduced activity, minimum exposure
Los Angeles, CA – The County of Los Angeles issued an air-quality alert today (Aug. 26, 2009) due to the impacts of wildfire smoke across the region, including the Cal State L.A. campus. The Morris Fire began around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25, about 15 miles northeast of the Cal State L.A. campus, in the San Gabriel Mountains about four miles north of Azusa. Its smoke has seriously diminished the air quality on campus today and its effects may linger.
During this period of poor air quality, individuals who might be more susceptible to ill effects should minimize their exposure to smoky air as best they can. The more vulnerable include children; the elderly; and individuals with asthma and other respiratory diseases, cardiovascular disease or pre-existing conditions of compromised lung function. Cal State L.A. students and other campus individuals experiencing ill effects from smoke may seek assistance at the Student Health Center – (323) 343-3301 – or from their personal health-care providers.
In such smoky conditions, individuals and groups who have scheduled outdoor activities should seriously consider curtailing those activities.
Meanwhile, Cal State L.A. Facility Services is monitoring the situation of the HVAC (heating/ventilation/air-conditioning) systems on campus to keep the inside air as clean as possible; and the University will continue to monitor the conditions as it prepares for any necessary further action. As conditions warrant, the University will update the campus community via email and other means.
The following governmental web sites offer more information on wildfires, smoke and related public health issues:
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