Unhealthy air and continued fire threats in Foothill communities

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A thick blanket of smoke from the Bobcat Fire in Angeles National Forest, near Monrovia, is seen on Sept. 9, 2020. Photo by jingke888 (CC BY 2.0).

Officials predict the Bobcat Fire may smolder for another six weeks in the Angeles National Forest. It’s now burned well over 44,000 acres. Some residents evacuated, and hundreds more might need to leave at a moment’s notice. In some Foothill communities, the Air Quality Index (AQI) has been as high as 500, which is extremely unhealthy.