The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a health advisory and spare the air alert due to smoke from the ongoing North Bay fires causing "unprecedented levels of air pollution".
You don't have to be near a brush fire to feel and see the effects of it because smoke can make its way into your community and cause health problems.
"The North Bay fires have devastated families, homes, businesses, and schools across the region, and as first responders work tirelessly to put out the fires and aid those in need, Bay Area sports teams are unified in supporting relief efforts", said 49ers CEO Jed York via the statement sent out to the media.
A series of deadly California wildfires have burned through some 170,000 acres statewide, but heavy smoke from the disaster zones drifted farther still as pesky particles of dust, ash and soot entered the lungs of residents nearly 100 miles away.
The dirtiest air readings in the region were recorded in San Rafael, Sebastopol, Vallejo, San Pablo, Oakland, Berkeley and Oakland.
"The Raiders family expresses our deepest concern for everyone affected by the North Bay fires", said Raiders President Marc Badain. That is the same amount of pollutants that all of California's 35 million cars produce in a year. Disposable respirators known as N-95 or P-100 respirators will help if you have to be outdoors for a period of time. Usually the Bay Area benefits from a natural air conditioning system with winds blowing in off the coast and carrying the air inland. Ironically, there was talk back then of Miami and San Diego playing in Oakland.
Tim Fang is a digital producer for CBS San Francisco and a native of the Bay Area. The health caution will remain in place and smoke impacts will continue until the fires are extinguished.
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