Worst air pollution levels ever in Bay Area

Worst air pollution levels ever in Bay Area

Worst air pollution levels ever in Bay Area

Experts are urging people to stay indoors as much as possible and avoid strenuous exercise in smoky areas.

"Honestly, we are recording some of the worst air quality ever recorded in any part of the Bay Area", said Tom Flannigan, spokesman for the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. Advisories are due to the North Bay wildfires still burning in Northern California.

Seventeen different fires have spread across four different counties, leaving over 2,000 structures destroyed and killing at least 17 people, according to ABC7, since the fires started Sunday night. "It felt like we were lying to our parents", she said.

The Homeless Outreach Team (HOT) will also perform wellness checks throughout San Francisco and providing transportation (upon request) to shelters. But no schools were closed, said Marcus Walton, communications director for the district. "I don't know if it's due to smoke". At least three students had to leave in an ambulance from Richmond High School, she said.

At Kaiser Permanente in Richmond, volunteers said they had distributed far more protective face masks than usual.

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The issues with air quality are expected to extend into the weekend, a problem that's spurred the cancellation of the Virgin Sport "Festival of Fitness" planned for SF this weekend, event organizers say on their website. People with existing respiratory conditions, young children and elderly people are especially susceptible to the health effects from these pollutants. "It was even seeping into the house". All of the fires remained active, however, according to Heather Williams, spokesperson for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

"It's an unprecedented level of smoke", said Lisa Fasano of the Bay Area Quality Management District.

A number of medical calls from respiratory fatigue were made on Tuesday from schools in West Contra Costa Unified School District, which spans from Hercules to El Cerrito, said district spokesman Marcus Walton.

"The world has faced an unimaginable amount of tragedy and devastation in the past few months and the fires in the North Bay hit particularly close to home."

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