I received an official City of Pasadena Press Release about the Station Fire. I did simplify the html generated from their MS Word Document to fit in LJ better.
August 31, 2009
Lisa Derderian, Fire Department (626) 945-5169
Statice Wilmore, Public Health Department (626) 744-6051
STATION FIRE UPDATE MONDAY MORNING
As of 11:30 a.m. today Pasadena residents are being advised to avoid outside activity, run air filters or air conditioners that don’t draw in outside air, monitor the fire and smoke status, and be prepared to leave homes should conditions change.
Should the fire reach antennas on Mt. Wilson and damage TV and radio transmission equipment, the Pasadena Fire Department advises residents to get updates on news affecting Pasadena from the city’s website (www.cityofpasadena.net). Updates on the Station and Altadena fires can be found also at the Incident Information System, http://inciweb.org/incident/1856/ and La Canada Flintridge’s website, http://www.lacanadaflintridge.com/index.htm
As of Sunday morning, residents of the Florecita neighborhood in Pasadena were notified that they may return to their homes. However, should conditions change and evacuation orders are issued by local authorities, residents are asked to please comply with the order to prevent the loss of life and to ensure fire fighting efforts are not compromised.
The Pasadena Fire Department has had 10 personnel working the Station Fire since last Friday.
Smoke and ash from the Station Fire are still heavy today, so everyone is advised by the Pasadena Public Health Department to avoid outside activity, especially elderly residents, children, pregnant women and people who have heart or respiratory health issues. Schools that are in session, after-school programs and sports organizations for children (such as Little League) are advised to cancel outdoor practices in areas where there is visible smoke, soot or ash, or where there is an odor of smoke. Outdoor activities should be suspended until conditions improve.
The following recommendations from Pasadena Public Health Department will help residents protect themselves and their families from harmful effects of bad air quality:
- If outdoor air is bad, try to keep indoor air as clean as possible by keeping windows and doors closed. Air conditioners that re-circulate air within the home can help filter out harmful particles.
- Avoid using air conditioning units that only draw in air from the outside or that do not have a re-circulating option. Residents should check the filters on their air conditioners and replace them regularly. Indoor air filtration devices with HEPA filters can further reduce the level of particles that circulate indoors.
- If it is too hot during the day to keep the doors or windows closed and you do not have an air conditioning unit that re-circulates indoor air, consider going to an air conditioned public place, such as a library or shopping center, to stay cool and to protect yourself from harmful air.
- Do not use fireplaces (either wood burning or gas), candles, and vacuums. Use damp cloths to clean dusty indoor surfaces. Do not smoke.
- If you have symptoms of lung or heart disease that may be related to smoke exposure, including severe coughing, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, wheezing, chest tightness or pain, palpitations, nausea or unusual fatigue or lightheadedness, contact your doctor immediately or go to an urgent care center.
- When smoke is heavy for a prolonged period of time, fine particles can build up indoors even though you may not be able to see them. Wearing a mask may prevent exposures to large particles. However, most masks do not prevent exposure to fine particles and toxic gases, which may be more dangerous to your health.
Pasadena residents and businesses should review their personal,
family and workplace emergency plans and make sure their emergency
preparedness kits are up to date. More information about emergency
preparedness can be found at www.cityofpasadena.net/disaster;
more information about preventing the health impacts of
fire-related smoke can be found at www.aqmd.gov/ej/cac/wildfire_safety_tips.h