Bay Area teams donate $450000 to North Bay fire relief

Bay Area teams donate $450000 to North Bay fire relief

Bay Area teams donate $450000 to North Bay fire relief

Air district officials said changing wind patterns and the moving fires is creating air quality that is "variable and unpredictable" and "may improve at times or get worse, very quickly".

In the San Francisco Bay area, air quality has deteriorated to such an extent that it has started affecting residents, prompting medical calls to local schools and compelling people to wear protective masks.

On Tuesday, air quality officials issued health and smoke advisories for all nine Bay Area counties, the second such warning issued this fall wildfire season.

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In the Bay Area, that means six different organizations have pledged to donate $450,000 for fire relief efforts.

"Wildfire smoke is especially harmful because of PM2.5 (particulate matter)", said the district's air pollution control officer, Mat Ehrhardt. Windows and doors should be kept closed. If residents see or smell smoke in their area, they should avoid outdoor activity including exercise.

Winds of over 50 miles per hour spread 22 distinct wildfires in Northern California since Sunday.

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San Francisco hospitals are already receiving patients in their emergency rooms, complaining of respiratory issues likely related to the smoke, said Rachael Kagan, of the San Francisco Department of Health.

Children, the elderly and people with respiratory conditions are the most sensitive to the pollution and should take extra precautions, according to the air district. Anyone exposed to poor air quality or wildfire smoke should move inside to an air-conditioned environment.

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