June 2021 was the warmest June on average in California’s recorded history, according to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The increasingly frequent and extreme heat waves have severe consequences for both human and environmental health. (David Rimer/Assistant Photo editor)
California has experienced a series of heat waves this summer, with record-breaking temperatures causing dangerous levels of heat exposure.
Heat waves kill more Americans than all other weather-related disasters, with more than 600 people dying every year in the United States because of extreme heat, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
California’s wildfire smoke and COVID-19 could create an unforeseen mixture of adverse health effects for the state’s residents, UCLA medical faculty said.
Although little is known about long-term exposure to air pollutants like wildfire smoke and its particulates, there are preliminary studies that show the number and severity of COVID-19 cases are higher in areas with high air pollution, said Stephanie Christenson, a doctor and an assistant professor of pulmonology at UC San Francisco.
Air quality in Westwood is unhealthy because of wildfires east of Los Angeles.
The Bobcat fire, which began Sunday in the Angeles National Forest, has impacted air quality throughout Southern California.
This post was updated June 10 at 9:24 a.m. to reflect updates from the Los Angeles Fire Department.
A fire broke out near Getty Center Drive on Wednesday at about midnight on the east side of the 405 Freeway.
The Los Angeles controller recommended new measures to monitor and prevent wildfires with causes related to power utilities.
Ron Galperin, the LA controller or chief accounting officer, released his report assessing the fire safety efforts of the LA Department of Water and Power, the largest publicly owned utility company in the country, on Wednesday.
If a wildfire threatened UCLA, administrators plan to defend the campus rather than evacuate all students.
Michael Beck, administrative vice chancellor, said UCLA has an agreement with the Los Angeles Fire Department to provide sufficient resources to ensure campus safety, particularly for student housing facilities.
A flying branch likely sparked the Getty fire when it crashed onto nearby power lines on Sepulveda Boulevard.
The branch likely broke off during high wind conditions and landed on the power lines, causing sparks and arcing to ignite a nearby bush, according to an investigation by the Los Angeles Fire Department Arson/Counter-Terrorism Section.
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