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La Canada 'Station' wildfire spews smoke over SCV

Posted: August 28, 2009 12:23 p.m.
Updated: August 28, 2009 12:23 p.m.
 
The wildfire in La Canada has cast a blanket of smoke and ash over the Santa Clarita Valley, creating potentially dangerous air quality issues, officials said.

"In all areas of visible smoke or where there is an odor of smoke, all individuals are urged to be cautious and to avoid unnecessary outdoor activities," said Jonathan E. Fielding, county director of Public Health and Health Officer.

Blazing temperatures forecasted for the weekend may worsen the effects of poor air quality, he said.

Santa Clarita Valley remained under a red flag fire warning Friday due to high temperatures, low humidity and upcoming Santa Ana winds, said Los Angeles County fire Inspector Steve Zermeno.

As of Friday morning, the blaze in La Canada, dubbed the "Station fire" by fire officials,  was not at all contained, Zermeno said.

"The type of fuel burning is medium to heavy brush," he said. "There is one person injured right now, we're not sure if it's a civilian or firefighter."

High temperatures are forecasted for this weekend throughout Los Angeles County, particularly in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys, where temperatures are expected to remain in the triple digits.

"So far, the warmest in the Santa Clarita Valley is Newhall, which has already reached 100 degrees," National Weather Service meteorologist David Sweet said before noon Friday.

Saturday's heat is forecasted only a couple degrees cooler than Friday's temperatures, he said.

Humidity levels will remain low today, Sweet said.

"While people don't need to be told it's hot outside, they do need to be reminded how to take care of themselves, children, the elderly, and their pets when the weather gets hotter," said. "When temperatures are high, prolonged sun exposure may cause dehydration, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke."

"Never leave children, elderly people, or pets unattended in closed vehicles, even with the windows ‘cracked,' because temperatures inside can quickly rise to life-threatening levels," Fielding added.

While temperatures will remain slightly above normal for this time of year - about 90 to 92 - a cool down of temperatures and recovery of humidities are forecasted for Sunday through Tuesday, Sweet said.

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