Bay Area teams donate $450000 to North Bay fire relief

Francis Osborne
October 13, 2017

That means residents who smell smoke in the area should stay indoors with their windows closed and air conditioning units on recirculate to stop outside air from entering indoors, according to air quality management officials.

Breezometer culls together data from satellites, government monitoring stations, traffic and weather outlets to construct hyperlocal air quality indexes.

Poor air quality remains throughout the Bay Area because of the North Bay wildfires, prompting regional air quality officials to extend a Spare the Air Alert and Health Advisory through the weekend.

The winds that caused the fire in Napa and Sonoma counties to spread so quickly on Sunday night died down yesterday. "It felt like we were lying to our parents", she said. At least three students had to leave in an ambulance from Richmond High School, she said.

Fresno Unified has chose to cancel all outdoor activities, including sports practices, for elementary, middle and high school students. There were "one or two instances" of children being picked up from school after being exposed to smoky air on Tuesday, he added. Unfortunately neither a hospital mask or a bandanna tied over the face prevents noxious air from entering the lungs, and to make much of a difference, even N-95 masks must fit well. "It's not good for air quality".

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Children, the elderly and people with respiratory conditions are the most sensitive to the pollution and should take extra precautions, according to the air district.

"It's like smoke all over the place", said Morgan Butler, a Richmond resident. Then, Glidden said, the school district provided surgical masks, which health departments have warned are ineffective in protecting against smoke.

As of Tuesday morning 15 people had been killed in the fires and officials said that number was likely to rise.

"The world has faced an unimaginable amount of tragedy and devastation in the past few months and the fires in the North Bay hit particularly close to home."

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