County issues air quality health advisory

View of Downtown San Francisco covered in smoke resulting from the wildfires in Wine Country

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.

A smoke health advisory for the Bay Area was issued for the second day in a row Tuesday as multiple North Bay wildfires continue to billow tons of soot into the air.

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Additionally, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a Spare the Air alert, due to risky levels of particulate matter that can trigger heart and asthma attacks, or exacerbate other respiratory conditions. "PM2.5 is so small, about 1/30 the width of a human hair, that it can penetrate deep into the lungs". The smoke in the air is due to a series of wildfires in Northern California.

The controlled fire planned at Castle Air Base has been canceled, according to the Merced County officials.

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It is imperative that Santa Clara County residents protect their health. Fresno Unified has also canceled all outdoor activities. It is recommended that parents and school administrators check air quality readings before allowing children to practice outdoor sports while air quality is unhealthy.

Air quality officials advised people to try to stay inside of a place with filtered air, and those who have to be outside should get a mask with an N-95 on the side of it.

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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.

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