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Bay Area teams donate $450000 to North Bay fire relief

Bay Area teams donate $450000 to North Bay fire relief

The district issued a smoke advisory yesterday (Oct. 10) because of the wildfires, which have burned tens of thousands of acres, and later in the day issued a health advisory and Spare the Air alert.

Additionally, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a Spare the Air alert, due to unsafe levels of particulate matter that can trigger heart and asthma attacks, or exacerbate other respiratory conditions.

The dirtiest air readings in the region were recorded in San Rafael, Sebastopol, Vallejo, San Pablo, Oakland, Berkeley and Oakland.

Air quality officials advised people to try to stay inside of a place with filtered air, and those who have to be outside should get a mask with an N-95 on the side of it.

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Advisories are due to the North Bay wildfires still burning in Northern California.

Smoke can irritate the eyes, noses and lungs, triggering wheezing in asthma and emphysema patients. Young children, seniors and people with respiratory problems are "especially susceptible" to the health effects of pollutants from smoke. Outside of the active fire areas, air quality will be variable and unpredictable.

"If you can smell smoke or see ash that is an indication that you should be treating air quality conditions as "unhealthy" and remain indoors", according to officials. Fresno Unified has also canceled all outdoor activities.

As air quality in parts of the Bay Area has become too unhealthy, residents should avoid air polluting activities like wood burning, lawn mowing and leaf blowing, driving, and barbecuing.

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