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Wildfire Prevention, Air Quality Alert for Pasadena

Wildfire Prevention, Air Quality Alert for Pasadena

Five personnel and one engine company from Pasadena have responded to the Station Fire north of La Cañada Flintridge as part of a strike team that also includes Glendale and Burbank fire departments.

As the wildfire continues to spread, Pasadena Fire Department reminds local residents who live in hillside areas of the importance of wildfire prevention on their properties.

  • Keep shrubs and trees well-trimmed and make sure they’re planted 18 inches apart.  Good choices with high moisture content include citrus, oak and oleander.
  • Add at least three inches of non-wood mulch over planted areas to prevent weeds.
  • Keep property free of debris that can catch fire, including dead leaves, branches, dried weeds and other vegetation, and firewood.
  • If you’re planning a large-scale landscaping project, check with Pasadena Fire Department about current regulations.
  • Clean leaves, needles and twigs from roof gutters.
  • Soak trees and shrubs once a month to maintain leaf moisture.
  • Keep patio furniture, gas barbecues and other flammable objects a minimum of 20 feet away from structures.
  • Never toss a lighted cigarette onto the ground, and never walk off and leave a cigarette burning.
  • Make sure your emergency kit is stocked and ready, and review your personal and family emergency plans.
  • In the event of an evacuation order, be sure to follow the directions of police and fire personnel in your neighborhood.  If you have a pet, make sure it has a tag with your phone number and the pet’s name in addition to any required license tags.  Evacuation shelters rarely accept animals other than those that assist people with disabilities, so make arrangements in advance with friends or animal shelters in other areas.

Smoke from the Station Fire and the Morris Fire north of Azusa continues to affect air quality in the San Gabriel Valley.

The Pasadena Public Health Department reminds everyone to avoid outside activity, especially those who have heart or respiratory health issues or whose immune systems are compromised, including elderly persons and children.

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.

For more information call the Pasadena Fire Department (626) 744-4675 or Pasadena Public Health Department at (626) 744-6005 during regular business hours.

More information about emergency preparedness can be found at www.cityofpasadena.net/disaster; more information about avoiding the health impacts of fire-related smoke can be found at www.aqmd.gov/ej/cac/wildfire_safety_tips.htm.

Posted: 8/28/2009 02:15:00 PM
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