In response to the Colby Fire, which broke out early this morning in Glendora, Calif., Direct Relief’s emergency response team has contacted more than 60 partner health clinics in the Los Angeles area and is monitoring health-related needs.
More than 1,700 acres have burned, three people have been injured, five homes were destroyed, and hundreds of homes have been evacuated, according to KTLA. Smoke can be seen as far as Orange County. Because of the hot weather, winds, and low, L.A. County Fire has been fully staffed this week.
Direct Relief has N-95 particulate masks (which have a higher filtration than paper and surgical masks) on standby as well as other fire-related inventory such as inhalers and nebulizers, first-aid products, medical supplies for eye irritation, and personal care products. These supplies are ready to send to partners should they be requested for potentially affected patients.
The South Coast Air Quality Management District issued a smoke advisory for portions of Los Angeles County in response to the Colby Fire, particularly for at-risk populations such as people with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly, and children.
“Smoke and ash from the fire…could affect people with lung and heart disease and asthma as far south as Long Beach,” Sam Atwood of the South Coast Air Quality Management District told the LA Times.
When smoke levels are high enough, even healthy people can experience symptoms of abnormal breathing, coughing, chest discomfort and shortness of breath, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The emergency team continues to monitor the latest fire activity (shown in red dots above) in relation to its partner network (yellow dots) using Palantir software. Follow @DirectRelief on Twitter for the latest news from partners as it unfolds.