Wildfire Smoke Makes Bay Area Air Quality Unhealthy


The North Bay wildfires are causing "unprecedented levels" of air pollution throughout the Bay Area, air quality officials said yesterday (Oct. 10).

People residing dozens of miles from the fire zone, including San Francisco and San Jose, have complained about the smell of smoke since the fires started Sunday night, CBS SF Bay Areareported.

Air quality officials advised people to try to stay inside of a place with filtered air, and those who have to be outside should get a mask with an N-95 on the side of it.

The district issued an air quality advisory this morning, saying the particulate matter in the smoke had generated an air quality index of 194 as of 6 a.m. Outside of the active fire areas, air quality will be variable and unpredictable. Windows and doors should be kept closed to prevent indoor air from becoming dirty.

The advisory also cautioned the Bay Area residents, especially in the Napa and Sonoma counties, to protect their health.

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Winds of over 50 miles per hour spread 22 distinct wildfires in Northern California since Sunday.

"Please curtail wood burning, lawn mowing and leaf blowing, driving, and BBQing", says a tweet care of San Francisco-based Spare the Air, an environmental agency.

The Homeless Outreach Team (HOT) will also perform wellness checks throughout San Francisco and providing transportation (upon request) to shelters.

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