Wildfires have created ‘worst air quality ever recorded for smoke’

The Mercury News | 10/10/2017 | Denis Cuff
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The Wine Country wildfires have created the dirtiest air ever seen in the Bay Area, regulators said Tuesday, as they intensified health warnings about the smoke.

“We are reporting the worst air quality ever recorded for smoke in many parts of the Bay Area,” said Tom Flannigan, spokesman for the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. “This is similar to what you see in Beijing China in bad air days there.”

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Soot readings in many areas have reached levels considered very unhealthy or hazardous, air quality regulators said.

And the smoke may linger for days, underscoring the need for people to stay indoors as much as possible and avoid strenuous exercise in smoky areas, air regulators cautioned.

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The wildfires continue to pour tons of soot and ash into the air, and winds have blown enough to move it about without sweeping it out of the area, he said. “Unfortunately, we expect to the smoke to continue impact our air quality through the week,” he said.

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On Tuesday, the air district issued a smoke advisory for a second consecutive day, and called Spare the Air alerts for both Tuesday and Wednesday.

Soot readings jumped to record levels for the second straight day with hazardous air being measured in Napa and Sonoma counties, but unhealthy air also being measured in San Francisco, Oakland, San Pablo and Vallejo.

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