Issued Tuesday, July 26, 2016 This advisory is in effect today, July 26, 2016 and will expire at midnight tomorrow night. If conditions warrant SCAQMD will update this information.
A brush fire named the Sand Fire is burning in Forest Park, near the 14 Freeway. The fire is currently reported as 37,473 acres with 25 percent containment. Smoke is predicted to move toward the north and northeast today and tonight, with greatest impacts likely in the areas near the fire, in the Community of Acton, and into the Antelope Valley. Depending on containment of the fire and weather conditions, smoke may settle in the valley areas overnight. Air quality may reach Unhealthy levels, or higher, in areas directly impacted by smoke.
Areas of direct smoke impacts at times and Unhealthy air quality will likely include:
- Portions of the Santa Clarita Valley (Forecast Area 13) and
- Portions of the San Gabriel Mountains (Forecast Area 15).
In any area impacted by smoke: Everyone should avoid any vigorous outdoor or indoor exertion; people with respiratory or heart disease, older adults, and children should remain indoors. Keep windows and doors closed or seek alternate shelter. Run your air conditioner if you have one and keep the fresh air intake closed and the filter clean to prevent bringing additional smoke inside. Avoid using a swamp cooler or whole-house fan to prevent bringing additional smoke inside. To avoid worsening the health effects of smoke, don’t use indoor or outdoor wood-burning appliances, including fireplaces.
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