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Smoke From Wine Country Wildfires Sickens People 100 Miles Away

13 October 2017

"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.

Smoke from the Northern California wildfires has the potential to affect air quality throughout the entire San Joaquin Valley, prompting local air pollution officials to issue a health cautionary statement Valley-wide.

Continuing wind and wildfires today may cause residents to experience trouble breathing, coughing, headaches and chest pain.

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".

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. Then, Glidden said, the school district provided surgical masks, which health departments have warned are ineffective in protecting against smoke. "They exacerbate respiratory conditions like asthma, COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), emphysema and other conditions, because they are very harmful". STAY INSIDE She added that those closest to the fire should stay indoors.

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By early Wednesday, though, readings throughout much of the Bay Area had dropped to moderate levels. But people in the East Bay and South Bay are not completely in the clear because the toxic air is creeping all over the region.

The following spots in San Francisco will provide you with filtered air.

"We're going to see that north wind pick up again tonight and into Thursday and that means drier, warmer air", Flannigan said Wednesday.

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

Do not run fans drawing smoky air inside.

Smoke From Wine Country Wildfires Sickens People 100 Miles Away