Control burn canceled. Merced County smoke is all from wildfires, officials say

12 October, 2017, 15:35 | Author: Wade Massey
  • Views of San Francisco's skyline are smoke-filled on the morning of Oct. 9 as multiple wildfires burn in Mendocino and Sonoma counties

The air quality is expected to be bad for the next few days.

On Tuesday, air quality officials issued health and smoke advisories for all nine Bay Area counties, the second such warning issued this fall wildfire season. "PM2.5 is so small, about 1/30 the width of a human hair, that it can penetrate deep into the lungs".

But, for those in Solano County, much closer to the wildfires burning in both Napa and Sonoma counties, air quality remains at an extremely unhealthy level. "It will probably hit the central valley and the East Bay tonight and tomorrow." said Thomas Hall, Sacramento Air Quality Management. They also spread smoke and airborne particular matter, leading to harmful breathing conditions. 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.

"Please curtail wood burning, lawn mowing and leaf blowing, driving, and BBQing", says a tweet care of San Francisco-based Spare the Air, an environmental agency.

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As of Wednesday afternoon, the Air Quality (AQI) described San Francisco air as "unhealthy for sensitive groups" as shown through the orange parts of the map.

San Francisco hospitals are already receiving patients in their emergency rooms, complaining of respiratory issues likely related to the smoke, said Rachael Kagan, of the San Francisco Department of Health.

Individuals most at risk for illness due to smoke in the air include children, seniors and those with respiratory problems.

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