The AQMD’s website has issued a smoke advisory for today, Wednesday, August 26, as a result of the wildfire burning in the Angeles National Forest. Air quality will reach “unhealthy” levels in smoke-impacted areas of the San Gabriel and San Bernardino Mountains today, and portions of the San Gabriel and San Bernardino Valleys and the Pomona/Walnut Valley areas. See the full text of the advisory below for details. The AQMD cautions that “In areas directly impacted by smoke, everyone should avoid any vigorous outdoor or indoor exertion; people with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly, and children should remain indoors.” ___________________________________________________________ SOUTH COAST AIR QUALITY MANAGEMENT DISTRICT SMOKE ADVISORY Valid Wednesday, August 26, 2009 Smoke from a wildfire burning in the Angeles National Forest is affecting air quality in portions of the South Coast Air Basin. The fire is in the San Gabriel Canyon, north of Azusa. Smoke has settled into the San Gabriel Valley overnight. Onshore ocean breezes during the day are expected to move smoke into the mountains and smoke impacts to the San Gabriel, Pomona and San Bernardino valleys to the east are also likely. Air quality will reach Unhealthy levels in smoke impacted areas. Areas of direct smoke impacts and Unhealthy air quality will likely include: � portions of the San Gabriel Mountains (Area 15); � the west San Bernardino Mountains (Area 36); � the East San Gabriel Valley (Area 9); � portions of the South San Gabriel Valley (Area 11); � portions of the Pomona/Walnut Valley (Area 10); � the Northwest San Bernardino Valley (Area 32); � the Southwest San Bernardino Valley (Area 33); � the Central San Bernardino Valley (Area 34) � the East San Bernardino Valley (Area 35). In areas directly impacted by smoke: Everyone should avoid any vigorous outdoor or indoor exertion; people with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly, and children should remain indoors. Keep windows and doors closed or seek alternate shelter. Run your air conditioner if you have one. Keep the fresh air intake closed and the filter clean to prevent bringing additional smoke inside. For more tips on avoiding health impacts from smoke, see AQMD’s website.
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