Air Quality Expected To Remain At Harmful Levels In Bay Area Possibly Into Next Week
According to the Air Quality Index, pollution levels between 150 and 200 are classified as “unhealthy” and serious enough that healthy people will suffer some ill effects from breathing the air. Much of the North and East Bay has been rated between 150 and 200 since Friday because of the fires.
East Bay Times:
Bay Area’s Smoke-Filled, Unhealthy Air: When Will It End?
With heavy smoke from the wildfires in Butte County drifting across the region, the Bay Area’s poor air quality is expected to remain at harmful levels through the week and possibly into next, so all residents are being advised to stay inside with doors closed and windows shut. “We’re expecting unhealthy air quality through Friday at the very least,” said Kristine Roselius, spokeswoman for the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. “The air-quality index is in the unhealthy range, which is quite unusual in the Bay Area.” Roselius added that her agency’s admonishment against being outdoors doesn’t mean that relief is expected Friday, only that it’s as far as experts are comfortable with estimating air quality given the unpredictable nature of wildfires, in this case the historically deadly Camp Fire burning in Butte County. (Salonga, 11/12)
Capital Public Radio:
Camp Wildfire Smoke Levels Reach ‘Emergency’ In Sacramento As City Distributes Free Masks At Fire Stations
Daniel Bowers, the city's director of emergency management, says the masks will be available at local fire stations. But he added that the city is not advising that people come get one. "The guidance is still paramount stay indoors and limit outdoor activity,” Bowers said. He explained that the prolonged effect of smoke inhalation can take its toll, especially on the elderly and young people. (Miller, 11/12)
Map: Here's Your Current Air Quality Report For The Bay Area
Smoke from the Camp Fire in Butte County has created unhealthy air conditions in the Bay Area. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued an air quality advisory for the entire region through Monday. Here is how to protect yourself from wildfire smoke. See the map below, updated hourly, for air quality in your area. (Ahmed and Hailye, 11/9)