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August 16, 2007

Red flag alert issued

A red flag alert was issued by the National Weather Service on Monday afternoon and remained in effect through yesterday morning. The alert was issued due to high pressure aloft producing very warm and dry conditions for areas including the Angeles National Forest.

Many of the affected locations suffered with single digit relative humidities and gusty winds, furthering concern.

According to the service report, the combination of strong winds, low humidity and warm temperatures create “explosive” fire growth potential.

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Sycamore Grove Trail Funds sought

The city of Pasadena is going to make a new attempt to secure state funding to upgrade the Sycamore Grove Perimeter Trail in Hahamogna Watershed Park across the street from La Cañada High School.

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The trail, a part of the growing system in the Arroyo Seco, would complete the trail system on the west side of Hahamogna, and would provide the opportunity for users to travel along the eastern edge of Sycamore Grove field, above the level of water inundation.

Pasadena had applied for funding in 2006, but was unsuccessful.

The new application is requesting $423,000 out of a grant package available through the Los Angeles River parkway program.

The program is intended to let local agencies plan, create and conserve river parkways that provide open space, non-motorized trails, bike paths and other low impact recreation uses.

The city will agree to post signs giving the source of the funding, and to pay annualized maintenance costs.

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