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Here's how wildfires up north are affecting people in Merced County

12 October 2017, 03:33 | Erica Roy

Smoke triggers air quality advisory today

Richmond police fire personnel sent to aid in North Bay wildfires

People can go to www.valleyair.org/RAAN to check local air quality conditions.

Smoke from wildfires blanketed the Bay Area on Wednesday, drowning out the sun and bringing the air quality down to unhealthy levels.

The air pollution district advises that people impacted by wildfire smoke limit their outdoor activities, stay indoors with winds and doors closed, and set air conditioning units and auto vents to recirculate. "PM2.5 is so small, about 1/30 the width of a human hair, that it can penetrate deep into the lungs".

South Bay residents are being asked to take precautions due to smoke in the air. Parents and school administrators should check air quality readings before allowing children to practice outdoor sports, according to the air district.

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


In the Bay Area, that means six different organizations have pledged to donate $450,000 for fire relief efforts.

As air quality in parts of the Bay Area has become too unhealthy, residents should avoid air polluting activities like wood burning, lawn mowing and leaf blowing, driving, and barbecuing. It also predicted "unhealthy" for Thursday as well.

The Homeless Outreach Team (HOT) will also perform wellness checks throughout San Francisco and providing transportation (upon request) to shelters. Young children, seniors and people with respiratory problems are "especially susceptible" to the health effects of pollutants from smoke.

Wildfire smoke can be unsafe to our health and even those who are healthy can get sick if there is enough smoke in the air.



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