Декабря 12, 2017

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

13 Октября 2017, 12:44 | Todd Saunders

Will your face mask protect you from wildfire smoke?

Fresno Fire and several other agencies are reporting an increase in smoke in the air calls into dispatch

Breezometer culls together data from satellites, government monitoring stations, traffic and weather outlets to construct hyperlocal air quality indexes.

Residents were advised not to venture for any outdoor activity, including exercise, if they encountered smoke in their immediate area.

Instead look for a mask with a particulate respirator. Some residents are already reporting respiratory issues and becoming ill from the smoke, and many are donning protective masks.

In fact, skies are so smogged up that flights at SFO are being delayed and canceled, the Merc reports.

"I think that some of the kids have felt like they have been exposed to the smoke and haven't felt well because of it", he said.

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.

The smell of fire hangs in the air in San Francisco.

Marissa Glidden, a fifth-grade teacher at Verde Elementary School in Richmond, said the ventilation system at her school was mistakenly never turned off Tuesday, which caused recycled air from outside to pervade classrooms.

A series of deadly California wildfires have burned through some 170,000 acres statewide, but heavy smoke from the disaster zones drifted farther still as pesky particles of dust, ash and soot entered the lungs of residents almost 100 miles away.

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

"Even if we were to close schools, we have a population of students who still need support", Walton said. The West Contra Costa Unified School District announced yesterday afternoon that they were keeping schools open, but Marissa Glidden, vice president of the United Teachers of Richmond, was frustrated and surprised by this decision. "We're stuck in a smoky classroom with no communication about what to do".

This post is based on a story by KQED, which is being periodically updated with the most recent air quality numbers.

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

"Outside of the active fire areas, air quality will be variable and unpredictable". We've benefited from the sea breeze moving through the Golden Gate. "Nope - not beyond the coastal areas".

Above, NASA satellite image showing the massive smoke plumes from the wildfires burning in Wine Country. He said conditions will persist - and may worsen - through the weekend.

So the best thing we can do right now is take care of each other, and ourselves. People across the state are breathing in unhealthy air, putting people with asthma and other respiratory conditions at particular risk.

And don't hesitate to call 911 for any life-threatening emergencies.

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