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Air quality for Santa Clarita Valley improves

Posted: August 20, 2008 8:16 p.m.
Updated: October 22, 2008 5:02 a.m.
 
A day after the county issued an “unhealthy for sensitive individuals” air quality warning, Santa Clarita Valley’s air supply is in OK shape.

The air quality forecast for today is “moderate,” according to the South Coast Air Quality Management District.

The Air Quality Index rating, which is used by the district to forecast air quality is expected to be 71 today.

Locations posting an index rating of 151 or higher are designated “unhealthy,” while locations with a rating between 101 and 150 are designated “unhealthy for sensitive groups.”

Areas with a rating of 201 or more are designated “very unhealthy.”

The local index rating Aug. 12 was roughly 115.

Officials advised anyone in the Santa Clarita Valley with heart disease, asthma or other respiratory disease to minimize outdoor activities throughout the day.

Also, children with sensitive conditions attending school today should not participate in any outdoor physical activity and are urged to stay indoors as much as possible.

Sensitive conditions include heart disease, asthma, other chronic respiratory diseases, according to the county Department of Public Health.

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