Unsafe Air Quality Keeps Locals Inside

Local Bobcat fire rages with only 6% containment


Safer inside: South Coast Air Quality Management air quality index map shows unhealthy air from Santa Monica to San Bernardino.

Hannah Sherman, Online Editor-In-Chief

West San Gabriel Valley, CA–Due to the local wildfires, the air quality is unhealthy for sensitive folks 

The South Coast Air Quality Management District’s (AQMD) current count for West San Gabriel Valley is at  AQI: 150, Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups such as people with lung disease, older adults and children are at a greater risk from exposure to ozone, whereas persons with heart and lung disease, older adults and children are at greater risk from the presence of particles in the air. A “Good” AQI is 0 to 50. Air quality is considered satisfactory, and air pollution poses little or no risk. Although general public is not likely to be affected at this AQI range, at triple the normal readings for fine particulates residents are rugged to stay inside.

Nearly a week after the fire erupted, the Bobcat Fire burning in the Angeles National Forest has grown to 29,245 acres with 6% containment, officials said. More than 760 firefighting personnel continue to battle the wildfire’s flames.