Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Medical | By Carla Vaughn

Wildfire Smoke Renders SF Air 'Unhealthy' Through The Weekend

Wildfire Smoke Renders SF Air 'Unhealthy' Through The Weekend

For the Bay Area especially, air quality has reached historically poor levels as the unhealthy atmosphere has already sickened residents, prompted medical calls to local schools and prompted the wearing of protective masks. "Current readings have us mostly in the moderate range", Flannigan said Wednesday. Residents affected by heavy smoke must seek shelter in buildings with filtered air or move to areas outside the region which has been affected by wildfire smoke. At least three students had to leave in an ambulance from Richmond High School, she said. If you can smell smoke or see ash that is an indication that you should be treating air quality conditions as "Unhealthy" (RAAN Level 4 or higher) and remain indoors. 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.

"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. "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". "It's not good for air quality".

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The prediction lines up with air-quality forecasts.

Fresno Unified has chose to cancel all outdoor activities, including sports practices, for elementary, middle and high school students. Please do not forget to check on your neighbors, especially the elderly or those who might be otherwise impaired by the conditions. Meteorologists expect smoke to return in full force. The festival was expected to include a one mile race and a half marathon through the city streets, but concerns about "the health and safety of our athletes and volunteers" as well as a desire not to use "valuable Bay Area first responders and resources that can be better utilized elsewhere" caused its cancellation.

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