Archive for November, 2008

**UPDATE** Sayre Fire – Burn Area

November 17, 2008 11:57 am

11:00am

See the map below for the affected burn areas. Map Provided by Los Angeles Fire Department, Geomac.gov and Google Earth.

Sayre Fire Burn Area - Click to Enlarge

Sayre Fire Burn Area - Click to Enlarge

**UPDATE** Sayre Fire – Air Quality

November 17, 2008 9:27 am

8:30 AM

Recommendations for Schools & Non-School Related Organizations

Due to the fires, air quality may be adversely affected in several parts of Southern California. The Los Angeles County Health Officer, Dr. Jonathan E. Fielding, recommends the following for schools and
non-school related organizations:

* Schools in areas where there is visible smoke, soot or ash, or where there is an odor of smoke are advised to suspend outdoor physical activities for faculty and students until conditions improve. This
includes activities such as physical education or after-school sports.

* In areas of poor air quality, individuals with heart disease, asthma or other respiratory diseases should stay indoors as much as possible even in areas where smoke, soot or ash cannot be seen or where there may not be an odor of smoke.

* Sensitive individuals should monitor their conditions and be vigilant about taking their medications as prescribed by their doctors. Individuals with asthma and related conditions should keep their “as
needed” medications with them at all times.

* Non-school related sports organizations, such as Little Leagues or the American Youth Soccer Association, are advised to cancel outdoor practices in areas where there is visible smoke, soot or ash, or where there is an odor of smoke, until conditions improve.

* These recommendations apply to other recreational outdoor activity, such as recess or outdoor lunch periods.

**UPDATE** Sayre Fire – Metrolink Information

November 17, 2008 8:47 am

7:30 AM

Service on Metrolink’s Antelope Valley and Inland Empire-Orange County Lines will resume normal operations beginning with the first regularly scheduled departures today (Monday 11/17). Inspections of tracks and signal systems have been completed and no damage from the recent fires was discovered. Passengers can expect some minor delays on both routes due to freight train congestion on the Inland Empire-Orange County Line and possible intermittent, fire-related power or communications outages in the Sylmar/San Fernando area along the Antelope Valley Line. A data line failure and a possible mountain radio base station failure have combined to affect up to 8 signal “control points” on the route. These locations will be staffed by up to 12 signals and communications field personnel who will manually align switches in anticipation of trains to ensure their safe and timely passage. Metrolink communications personnel will be escorted to the base station location tomorrow morning to investigate the condition of the radio tower and equipment and make any necessary repairs.

91 Line passengers may see some delays as well since their trains share the BNSF route with Inland Empire-Orange Countuy Line trains.

All other Metrolink service will operate on regular schedules today (Monday 11/17).

**UPDATE** Sayre Fire – Metrolink Information

November 16, 2008 11:22 am

10:21AM

Due to ongoing fire activity, Sunday service on both the Antelope Valley and Inland Empire – Orange County Lines is CANCELED today. Firefighting authorities have not released the tracks in the area of the Sylmar/Sayre fire at this time and the signal system between Via Princessa and Sun Valley stations is currently not functioning due to a combination of radio base station problems and a failure of both the leased dedicated data line and the back-up dial up line serving that portion of the signal system.

No alternative transportation will be provided for either line.

**UPDATE** Sayre Fire – Road Closure Info

November 16, 2008 10:07 am

The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Department confirms this morning that all freeways are open at this time.  Southbound Sierra Highway is CLOSED to through traffic at Newhall Avenue (San Fernando Rd.), however, until further notice.


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