Take it easy: Smoke from Northern California fires is choking Valley air

13 October, 2017, 00:42 | Author: Hope Soto
  • Lighter winds in the valley bring less smoke, moderate air quality

Officials advise people in the area to stay indoors when possible and possibly leave the area until the forecast improves.

The air pollution from the North Bay wildfires is as worst as it's ever been in the Bay Area. Also in Napa County, the Atlas Fire spread to 25,000 acres and the Patrick Fire burned up 1,000 acres. "It felt like we were lying to our parents", she said. According to the Chron, residents of San Mateo County are also at risk. But no schools were closed, said Marcus Walton, communications director for the district. 80 flights were cancelled as of Tuesday night, at the request of the Federal Aviation Administration, which put the airport on "a delay program, which slows the pace of arriving flights to provide greater separation between aircraft" due to visibility issues related to the smoke.

The sky over Santa Rosa, Calif., on Monday, Oct. 9.

Seven patients were sent to Alta Bates' hospitals (six to the Berkeley location and one to the Oakland), according to Clayton Warren, a hospital spokesperson.

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Office workers wearing face masks crowd the streets. "In an hour, they were four boxes down just because of the smoke", said Eleanor Fernandez, a Kaiser Permanente volunteer, who added that she felt "light-headed because of the smoke".

Air quality specialists said such high concentrations of PM2.5 are particularly unhealthy for sensitive groups such as people with asthma and other respiratory conditions, the elderly and kids.

This post is based on a story by KQED, which is being periodically updated with the most recent air quality numbers. "It was even seeping into the house". Then, Glidden said, the school district provided surgical masks, which health departments have warned are ineffective in protecting against smoke.

"A lot of people are going up to help the fire, a lot of people are going to volunteer a lot of people walking in the area and they need something to help them breathe", said Brian Altwarg of Markus Supply Ace Hardware Store.

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