Worst air pollution levels ever in Bay Area

Worst air pollution levels ever in Bay Area

Air district officials said changing wind patterns and the moving fires is creating air quality that is "variable and unpredictable" and "may improve at times or get worse, very quickly".

According to officials, the smoke is the result of a wind shift that is pushing smoke from the Bay area fires, and a couple of prescribed burns in Madera County, into the Fresno area.

Advisories are due to the North Bay wildfires still burning in Northern California. "PM2.5 is so small, about 1/30 the width of a human hair, that it can penetrate deep into the lungs".

San Francisco officials said that hospitals have already started receiving patients for respiratory issues that are likely related to the smoke from the wildfires, San Francisco Chronicle reported.

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

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

Residents should also avoid exercising outside if they smell smoke. Air district officials also asked that people avoid any activities like wood burning, lawn mowing, leaf blowing, driving or barbecuing that can add to the air pollution. Parents and school administrators should check air quality readings before allowing children to practice outdoor sports, according to the air district.

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

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

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