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Fires create another bad-air day in parts of Los Angeles

August 30, 2009 | 10:49 am


Parts of L.A. County were dealing with bad air today as a result of the Station fire.

According to the South Coast Air Quality Management District, the western San Gabriel Valley recorded "very unhealthful" air this morning. Officials expect the air in other areas near the fire zone to become unhealthful as the day progresses.

"Wildfire smoke settled into valleys last night near the fires," the AQMD said in a statement. "Smoke will likely linger in these areas until this afternoon when onshore ocean breezes are expected to move smoke across the valleys and into the mountains."

The Los Angeles Fire Department is asking residents to stop calling about smoke unless there is an emergency.

-- Shelby Grad

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 Map: The Station Fire

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Photo: La CaƱada Flintridge resident Patti Maloof, near a checkpoint on Ocean View Boulevard, wears a face mask due to the unhealthful air.   Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times