Air Quality a Concern as Smoke Drifts from Nearby Wildfires

Richmond police fire personnel sent to aid in North Bay wildfires

The air pollution district advises that people impacted by wildfire smoke limit their outdoor activities, stay indoors with winds and doors closed, and set air conditioning units and car vents to recirculate. Our top priority is the health and safety of our students and staff. Please be safe over the next few day and remain indoors when possible.

Please be advised that the District's Real-time Air Advisory Network (RAAN) monitors are designed to detect the fine particulates (called PM2.5 which are microscopic in size and not visible to the human eye) that exist in smoke.

"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.

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.

All members of the public, especially those with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly, pregnant women, and children should avoid all outdoor exertion.

Consider, in some cases, leaving the region until air quality improves.

The lighter winds coming in from the coast will bring higher humidity and seasonable temperatures.

The agency also warned against relying on dust masks for protection.

Smoke billows from the hills above homes in the Oakmont neighborhood on October 10, 2017 in Santa Rosa, California. Undergraduate students who have questions or concerns are encouraged to contact Koren Bakkegard, associate dean for residential education, at (650) 725-2800 or bakkegard@stanford.edu.

Bay Area professional sports teams including the Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers, Oakland A's, San Jose Earthquakes, San Francisco Giants, San Jose Sharks and the Golden State Warriors today announced a collective donation of $450,000 to support North Bay fire relief efforts.

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

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