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Health Advisory Issued Due to Smoke from North Bay Wildfires

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued the following health advisory for the Bay Area today as a result of the wildfires in the North Bay:

"Very unhealthy air quality from the wildfires in the North Bay is causing unprecedented levels of air pollution throughout the Bay Area. Due to active wildfires and changing wind patterns, air quality could be impacted for many days to come. Outside of the active fire areas, air quality will be variable and unpredictable. Air quality may improve at times or get worse, very quickly."

Air Quality Health Advisories may follow over the next few days, please be aware of these steps you should take:

-Residents should protect themselves from the impacts of heavy smoke. If residents see or smell smoke in their immediate area, avoid outdoor activity including exercise.

-It is recommended that parents and school administrators check air quality readings before allowing children to practice outdoor sports while air quality is unhealthy.

-If possible, stay indoors with windows and doors closed and air conditioning units on recirculate to avoid drawing outside air into buildings. Children, the elderly and those with respiratory conditions such as asthma, COPD, emphysema and heart disease are most impacted.

-Curtail additional air polluting activities such as wood burning, lawn mowing and leaf blowing, driving, and barbecuing.

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Last Updated October 11, 2017