Environment & Science

Air quality alert for Santa Clarita, San Gabriel Valley

The Sand Fire burns in the Angeles National Forest Sunday July 24th, 2016 under a Red Flag Warning high high winds.
The Sand Fire burns in the Angeles National Forest Sunday July 24th, 2016 under a Red Flag Warning high high winds.
Stuart Palley for KPCC

The Sand Fire is nearly fully contained Monday, but that progress hasn't meant air quality in the area is back to normal.

L.A. County Fire Inspector Gustavo Medina said that despite winds, dust and smoke blowing through the air, authorities do not anticipate the fire reigniting. 

“In regard to the actual fire itself, we have no concerns of it spreading or reigniting any area,” L.A. County Fire Inspector Gustavo Medina told KPCC. 

South Coast Air Quality Management District issued a smoke advisory Monday morning that warns hazardous particulates are still lingering, and cautions that air quality may reach unhealthy levels for sensitive groups in the Santa Clarita and San Gabriel valleys. 

AQMD says sensitive groups include people with pre-existing conditions like respiratory or heart disease, older adults and children. To best protect yourself from unhealthy air, the agency recommends staying indoors with windows and doors shut, and turning on the air conditioner on with the fresh air intake closed. 

To check the air conditions in your local area, you can visit AQMD's interactive map

If you're wondering whether you should be wearing a mask amid the brown-hue in the sky, we wondered the same thing. More on that here.  

L.A. County Fire's Medina said that the next fire in the Angeles National Forest has the potential to be much larger than the Sand Fire, with dried up condition of the land among California’s five-year drought.