UPDATE/Aug. 31, 2009: Air quality at Cal State L.A. is significantly diminished today; and individuals are encouraged to take health precautions (see below for details). According to the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD), smoke from the Station Fire in the Angeles National Forest near La CaÃ±ada Flintridge, about 12 miles north of campus, has caused hazardous air quality in the West San Gabriel Valley. The County of Los Angeles issued another air-quality alert today: http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/phcommon/public/media/mediapubhpdetail.cfm?prid=729.
GENERAL FIRE INFORMATION: Cal
State L.A. is in the City of Los Angeles, along its eastern border,
adjacent to the cities of Alhambra and Monterey Park. The campus covers
175 acres of a once-chaparral hillside plateau
at the western gateway to the San Gabriel Valley, at the junction of the
10 and 710 freeways (map link). The University coordinates its
emergency response and preparedness with local governments through the
California Master Mutual Aid Agreement. For information regarding fires
in and around the Los Angeles basin that may affect the University,
visit these sites:
City of Los Angeles
County of Los Angeles Fire Department: http://www.fire.lacounty.gov/
GENERAL CAMPUS EMERGENCY INFORMATION:
Cal State L.A. emergency alerts, sign up here:
Campus Emergency Plan is here:
smoke continues to prompt
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.(UPDATE Aug. 31, 2009: The Morris Fire has largely been extinguished. The current smoke on campus is coming from the growing Station Fire, which has burned more than 130 square miles, mostly in the Angeles National Forest north of Altadena.)
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:
UPDATE/Aug. 28, 2009: For the third straight day, the County of Los Angeles has issued an air-quality alert as several wildfires are burning in Los Angeles County. The alert can be found here: http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/phcommon/public/media/mediapubhpdetail.cfm?prid=724.
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.
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