Air Quality a Concern as Smoke Drifts from Nearby Wildfires

10/13/2017 03:00 |

Air Quality a Concern as Smoke Drifts from Nearby Wildfires

Above, NASA satellite image showing the massive smoke plumes from the wildfires burning in Wine Country. As winds continue moving, Friday and Saturday should see a return to poor air quality, Flannigan said.

On Tuesday, air quality officials issued health and smoke advisories for all nine Bay Area counties, the second such warning issued this fall wildfire season. Other suggestions include staying indoors with windows and doors closed as much as possible and shutting off fans that bring smokey outdoor air inside. The alert is in effect until Wednesday. They won't protect your lungs from smoke.

According to the Los Angeles Times, 21 people have died as a result of the fires that are still burning out of control and have already torched 3,500 structures and 160,000 acres of land.

The air pollution from the North Bay wildfires is as worst as it's ever been in the Bay Area.

"We are proud to team up with all of the Bay Area professional sports teams to support North Bay disaster relief efforts."

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District said the unhealthy air quality is moving down to Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco and San Mateo counties.

Marissa Glidden, a fifth-grade teacher at Verde Elementary School in Richmond, said the ventilation system at her school was mistakenly never turned off Tuesday, which caused recycled air from outside to pervade classrooms. "We are all being impacted by this really unhealthy air pollution". "It felt like we were lying to our parents", she said.

Schools are keeping students indoors, even during recesses, and sports teams were canceling practices and games. "So, sending them home doesn't seem to be a better situation". In San Francisco, officials said two hospitals had about three or four patients each come in for respiratory issues that might have been related to the smoke.

"I think that some of the kids have felt like they have been exposed to the smoke and haven't felt well because of it", he said.

Children and the elderly are most likely to be affected by the particulates in smoky air.

The sky over Santa Rosa, Calif., on Monday, Oct. 9. Kaiser declined to give the number of patients transferred to its Oakland medical center.

Office workers wearing face masks crowd the streets.

You are especially at risk if you are a child, senior, or have respiratory problems.

The favorable weather will not last long, though.

"It's an unprecedented level of smoke", said Lisa Fasano of the Bay Area Quality Management District.

"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". "On Wednesday and Thursday, you're going to start seeing more smoke".

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