Wildfire Smoke Makes Bay Area Air Quality Unhealthy

Wildfire Smoke Makes Bay Area Air Quality Unhealthy

San Joaquin Valley air pollution officials have issued an air quality alert that extends into Saturday.

California's air quality in the Bay Area is in the range regarded as unhealthy and is expected to deteriorate in coming days due to multiple wildfires.

The Bay Area's seven major professional sports organizations have untied to donate a combined $450,000 to the North Bay fire relief efforts, according to a press release. "PM2.5 is so small, about 1/30 the width of a human hair, that it can penetrate deep into the lungs".

As of Tuesday morning 15 people had been killed in the fires and officials said that number was likely to rise. "It will probably hit the central valley and the East Bay tonight and tomorrow." said Thomas Hall, Sacramento Air Quality Management.

Winds of over 50 miles per hour spread 22 distinct wildfires in Northern California since Sunday. The smoke in the air has also caused Rio Vista Middle School in Fresno to cancel all outdoor games and practices- home and away, but the volleyball and competition cheer will go on as scheduled.

They encourage residents who see or smell smoke in the area to avoid outdoor activity or exercise.

Because of the serious air quality conditions we are asking residents to avoid adding additional air pollution activities such as wood burning, lawn mowing, leaf blowing, driving, and barbecuing. It also predicted "unhealthy" for Thursday as well. Children, the elderly and individuals with respiratory illnesses are particularly susceptible to health impacts from smoke exposure.

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