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Smoke triggers air quality advisory today

13 Octubre 2017
Smoke triggers air quality advisory today

InMenlo received this email from M-A co-athletic director Steven Kryger: "Our district, school, and athletic administrators have been monitoring the communications from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District the past few days in response to the local air quality being effected by the wildfires in the North Bay".

"We want all the communities affected by these horrific fires to know the Giants and all of the Bay Area teams are here to support you as you recover and rebuild in the days, weeks and months ahead", said Giants President and CEO Larry Baer.

"A lot of people are going up to help the fire, a lot of people are going to volunteer a lot of people walking in the area and they need something to help them breathe", said Brian Altwarg of Markus Supply Ace Hardware Store. The health caution will remain in place and smoke impacts will continue until the fires are extinguished.

A series of deadly California wildfires have burned through some 170,000 acres statewide, but heavy smoke from the disaster zones drifted farther still as pesky particles of dust, ash and soot entered the lungs of residents nearly 100 miles away.

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.

"If you have symptoms go in and see your doctor", said Dr. Runjhun Misra, who practices in internal medicine.

If air quality is unhealthy, medical experts say, it's best to stay indoors with doors and windows closed because the walls of a home or office act as a filter, reducing exposure to fine particulate. Usually the Bay Area benefits from a natural air conditioning system with winds blowing in off the coast and carrying the air inland. "It's not good for air quality". Air district officials also asked that people avoid any activities like wood burning, lawn mowing, leaf blowing, driving or barbecuing that can add to the air pollution.

Tim Fang is a digital producer for CBS San Francisco and a native of the Bay Area.