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Don't call 911 to ask about smoke billowing over San Fernando Valley, fire officials say

August 29, 2009 |  2:00 pm

Too many people are calling 911 asking questions about the smoke billowing over the San Fernando Valley, and the Los Angeles Fire Department is asking residents to stop calling that number unless there is an emergency.

Huge plumes of smoke from the growing Station fire in the Angeles National Forest above La Cañada Flintridge and parts of Altadena are visible throughout the Los Angeles basin, and the San Fernando, San Gabriel and Antelope valleys. 

The smoke and hot weather have caused air quality to worsen considerably throughout Southern California today. As of 1 p.m., air quality in Altadena, La Cañada Flintridge, Pasadena and Alhambra was unhealthful for everyone, and was unhealthful for sensitive people in the Santa Clarita Valley, Ontario, Riverside and San Bernardino. Air quality was moderate in the rest of the Los Angeles basin and San Fernando Valley.

Mandatory evacuations have been announced for the northern edges of La Cañada Flintridge and the Meadows neighborhood in northwest Altadena. Evacuees are being notified by the reverse 911 system that is being used to call residents’ home telephones.

-- Rong-Gong Lin II