Martes, 17 Octubre, 2017


Health advisory and Spare the Air alerts in effect for Bay Area

View of Downtown San Francisco covered in smoke resulting from the wildfires in Wine Country View of downtown San Francisco covered in smoke resulting from the wildfires in Napa and Sonoma counties
Frascuelo Febo | Octubre 13, 2017, 02:10

Overnight winds brought smoke into the Sacramento area from a complex of fires burning in Napa and Solano counties, leading to a noticeable drop in air quality early Wednesday.

The reason is smoke from the Northern California wildfires coupled with smoke from a big blaze in Tulare County wilderness.

As of Wednesday afternoon, the Air Quality (AQI) ranked San Francisco air as "unhealthy for sensitive groups" (the orange parts of the map) and predicts "unhealthy" (crimson red) for Thursday.

Please be advised that the District's Real-time Air Advisory Network (RAAN) monitors are designed to detect the fine particulates (called PM2.5 which are microscopic in size and not visible to the human eye) that exist in smoke. Particle pollution can cause asthma attacks and acute bronchitis, aggravate lung disease and increase the chances of respiratory infections. The smoke kept many people indoors and those where outside call it unusual.

For the second consecutive day, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District issued a Spare the Air Alert for today and Friday.

One could argue it wouldn't make much difference for Chargers fans, who haven't exactly filled the StubHub Center this season.

Consider, in some cases, leaving the region until air quality improves. Disposable respirators known as N-95 or P-100 respirators will help if you have to be outdoors for a period of time.

The prediction lines up with air-quality forecasts. Fresno Unified has also canceled all outdoor activities.

School has been canceled for the Fairfield-Suisun School District for the rest of the week. "Well, now the wind is a little more north to northeast, so that's keeping the smoke away from here". The other teams that contributed to the donation are the Golden State Warriors, Oakland Athletics, Oakland Raiders, San Francisco Giants, San Jose Earthquakes, and the San Jose Sharks.