Things to know about fire smoke

10/13/2017 03:00 | 16

Things to know about fire smoke

Smoke from multiple wildfires burning throughout Northern California will make the air quality in Davis and the surrounding region unhealthy for everyone today, the Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District announced.

Vacaville Unified schools remain open, but district officials say they're taking measures to reduce exposure of students and staff to the smoke. In San Francisco, officials said two hospitals had about three or four patients each come in for respiratory issues that might have been related to the smoke.

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. The current situation is a result of very unhealthy air quality from the wildfires in the North Bay and is causing unprecedented levels of air pollution throughout the Bay Area.

"I think that some of the kids have felt like they have been exposed to the smoke and haven't felt well because of it", he said.

By early Wednesday, though, readings throughout much of the Bay Area had dropped to moderate levels. The Environmental Protection Agency index increased the San Francisco area's level to orange, which signifies that sensitive groups such a children, the elderly, and those suffering from respiratory conditions should avoid going outside and exerting themselves where possible.

As poor air quality persisted Tuesday, Glidden's students began signing out as some coughed, at least one student vomited, and a teacher in a classroom next door suffered an asthma attack.

"It's like smoke all over the place", said Morgan Butler, a Richmond resident.

At least 15 people are dead, and the death toll is expected to rise as rescue workers clear through the rubble. Then, Glidden said, the school district provided surgical masks, which health departments have warned are ineffective in protecting against smoke. "It's a lot of really hot fires burning in a fairly condensed area in the North Bay".

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