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L.A. city fire brings smoky skies

Air Quality Management also says air quality is unhealthy

Posted: July 8, 2009 6:41 p.m.
Updated: July 8, 2009 10:33 p.m.
 
The skies over Santa Clarita were smoky Wednesday afternoon, but sooty skies didn't necessarily mean a fire was brewing too nearby.

Los Angeles city fire officials responded to a fire in the Sepulveda Pass off Interstate 405 near Getty Center Drive, according to one local county fire official, explaining the reason behind smoky skies seen in parts of the Santa Clarita Valley, 23 miles north of the Getty Museum.

“The wind is coming out of the southwest so it’s pushing (smoke) this way,” said Captain Jeff Horwedel, of Fire Station 126.

In addition to dealing with smoky skies, local residents were also exposed to “unhealthy” air quality Wednesday, according to the South Coast Air Quality Management District.

County Public Health issued a warning that air quality will continue to be unhealthy for sensitive individuals in Santa Clarita Valley today, according to the Air Quality Management District.

Public Health Director Jonathan E. Fielding advised anyone with sensitive conditions, including heart disease, asthma or other respiratory disease to minimize outdoor activities.

Children with said health conditions should also refrain from participating in P.E. or outdoor physical activity.

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