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UPDATE/Aug. 27, 2009: For the second
straight day, the County of Los Angeles has issued an air-quality alert
as a second wildfire has ignited in the Angeles National Forest. The
alert can be found here:

smoke prompts health alert in L.A.

Officials urge respiratory caution,

reduced activity, minimum exposure

Los Angeles, CA

–  The County of Los Angeles issued an air-quality alert today
(Aug. 26, 2009) due to
the impacts of wildfire smoke across the region, including the Cal State
L.A. campus. The Morris Fire began
around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25, about 15 miles northeast of the Cal
State L.A. campus, in the San Gabriel Mountains about four miles north
of Azusa. Its smoke has seriously diminished the air quality on campus
today and its effects may linger.

During this period of poor air quality, individuals who might be more
susceptible to ill effects should minimize their exposure to smoky air
as best they can. The more vulnerable include children; the elderly; and
individuals with asthma and other respiratory diseases, cardiovascular
disease or pre-existing conditions of compromised lung function.  Cal
State L.A. students and other campus
individuals experiencing ill effects from smoke may seek assistance at
the Student Health Center – (323) 343-3301 – or from their personal
health-care providers.

In such smoky conditions, individuals and groups who have scheduled
outdoor activities should seriously consider curtailing those

Meanwhile, Cal State L.A. Facility Services is monitoring the situation
of the HVAC (heating/ventilation/air-conditioning) systems on campus to
keep the inside air as clean as possible; and the University will
continue to monitor the conditions as it prepares for any necessary
further action. As conditions warrant, the University will update the
campus community via email and other means.

The following governmental web sites offer more information on
wildfires, smoke and related public health issues:


County of Los Angeles - Public Health

Air Quality Alert, Aug. 26, 2009


California Environmental Protection Agency Air Resources Board


News release: “Wildfire smoke is dangerous - Public should take
precautions to reduce exposure”



Guide: “How to Protect Your Family from the Health Effects of



Smoke - A Guide for Public Health Officials (Revised July 2008)”



Angeles National Forest:

Morris Fire incident - update site

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