Grand Fire Prompts Air Quality Alert

As firefighters continued battling a 3,500-acre brush fire in Kern County, air quality officials today issued a smoke advisory for Los Angeles County areas.

"All individuals are urged to exercise caution and avoid unnecessary outdoor activities in any area directly impacted by smoke," the South Coast Air Quality Management District said in a statement. "This includes areas where residents can see or smell smoke."

The fire started about 1 p.m. Wednesday near Frazier Park, and burned near the border with Los Angeles County. The fire was about 15 percent contained this morning, officials said.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department has sent about 180 personnel to assist in the firefighting effort, along with a helicopter, two bulldozers and two water tanker trucks.

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