California Wildfires Leave Air Quality Unhealthy, Health Measures To Follow

View of Downtown San Francisco covered in smoke resulting from the wildfires in Wine Country

Air quality managers said the Bay Area has had poor air quality days before because of wildfires but this is unprecedented because of the amount of fires concentrated in one location. Please keep in mind to check on your neighbors, especially the elderly or those who might be otherwise impaired by the conditions.

"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.

Those trying to protect themselves are advised to wear N95 masks to minimize smoke inhalation, according to air-quality officials. Then, Glidden said, the school district provided surgical masks, which health departments have warned are ineffective in protecting against smoke.

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This post is based on a story by KQED, which is being periodically updated with the most recent air quality numbers. "We are joining forces with the rest of our sports community to help relief efforts and encourage any fans who are able to help by donating as well".

"Outside of the active fire areas, air quality will be variable and unpredictable". The blazes are sending a cloud of ash and smoke over the bay, threatening residents with polluted air.

Firefighters from across California and neighboring states are working feverishly to contain the fires that have resulted in multiple casualties and destroyed more than 2,000 structures. "Places like Marin, East Bay, maybe even San Francisco, will see smoke again". STAY INSIDE She added that those closest to the fire should stay indoors.

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John Sasaki, director of communications of the Oakland Unified School District, said staff and teachers at Oakland schools have been limiting students' outdoor activities and keeping windows and doors closed if there's noticeable smoke. Meteorologists expect smoke to return in full force.

By early Wednesday, though, readings throughout much of the Bay Area had dropped to moderate levels.

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