Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Here's how wildfires up north are affecting people in Merced County

Here's how wildfires up north are affecting people in Merced County

Due to the active wildfires and changing wind patterns, air quality could be impacted for many days to come.

A health advisory has been issued for the South Bay due to smoke in the air, according to the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department.

Several Bay Area professional sports teams, including the Golden State Warriors and both local pro football and baseball teams, have combined to donate $450,000 in support of North Bay wildfire relief efforts. "PM2.5 is so small, about 1/30 the width of a human hair, that it can penetrate deep into the lungs".

"We're seeing elevated levels of particulate matter that are higher than we've ever seen since we began measuring that in 2000", said Lisa Fasano of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. Parents and school administrators should check air quality readings before allowing children to practice outdoor sports, according to the air district.

Residents were advised not to venture for any outdoor activity, including exercise, if they encountered smoke in their immediate area. The reason is smoke from the Northern California wildfires coupled with smoke from a big blaze in Tulare County wilderness.

Because of the serious air quality conditions we are asking residents to avoid adding additional air pollution activities such as wood burning, lawn mowing, leaf blowing, driving, and barbecuing.

Wildfire smoke can be risky to our health and even those who are healthy can get sick if there is enough smoke in the air.

People with existing respiratory conditions, young children and elderly people are especially susceptible to these pollutants.

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