Blanketed by Unhealthy Air, Pasadena Faces Santa Ana Winds and Dangerous Fire Conditions on Sunday

Published : Sunday, November 11, 2018 | 6:35 AM

Pasadena is shown at extremely critical fire danger levels in this map issued for Sunday, November 11, 2018 by the National Weather Service.

As massive killer fires rage in Ventura and Los Angeles counties Pasadenans awake Sunday to a city shrouded in unhealthy smoke-tinged air and the prospect of 50 mile per hour Santa Ana winds adding to fire danger here.

The Southern California Air Quality Management District reported Pasadena’s air quality is now “unhealthy.” With the current levels of fine particulate matter in the air ”everyone may begin to experience health effects” and “members of sensitive groups may experience more serious health effects,” according to SCAQMD.

Since inhaling the smoke “can impact your health … as a precaution stay indoors, close windows and exercise inside for the next few days,” City spokesperson Lisa Derderian said on Saturday afternoon.

Meanwhile the National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Advisory for Pasadena which was to take effect at 8 a.m.

The Service forecast winds from the northeast at 15 to 25 miles per hour with gusts to 40 mph increasing to winds between 20 to 30 miles per hour with gusts to 50 mph by late Sunday morning.

Winds are expected to persist through Tuesday afternoon with strongest gusts likely to occur during the mornings through the early afternoon hours.

The Service also issued a wide-area red flag alert for critical fire conditions, although Pasadena’s Fire Department alert level remains at green.

The warnings mean the strong Santa Ana winds could interact with very low humidity levels and dry fuel to create heightened potential of “very rapid fire spread and extreme fire behavior” which could threaten life and property, according to the National Weather Service.

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