Bay Area pro sports teams combine to donate $450000 to fire relief

Bay Area pro sports teams combine to donate $450000 to fire relief”

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".

The air quality is expected to be bad for the next few days.

Continuing wind and wildfires today may cause residents to experience trouble breathing, coughing, headaches and chest pain.

Bay Area residents, particularly in Napa, Sonoma and Solano counties, are advised to seek shelter in buildings with filtered air or move to areas less impacted by the smoke, according to the air district.

A seasonal inversion layer is putting a lid on the pollution and holding it in the region. The Atlas Peak fire north of Napa has burned at least 42,000 acres, and the Tubbs fire near Santa Rosa another 27,000.

Jim Roberts, a research chemist from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Earth System's Research Laboratory, told NBC that Rafusse's calculations "sounds about right". The smoke kept many people indoors and those where outside call it unusual.

Schools are keeping students indoors, even during recesses, and sports teams were canceling practices and games.

Like we've seen around the sports world, more so this year than in the past, these teams are taking it upon themselves to help their communities. Do not rely on HEPA masks to do unnecessary outdoor activities, experts say, and keep airways moist by drinking water.

Thank you again for your continued patience and support in dealing with the air quality issues.

Despite the cancellation, the air quality still took a toll on students physically. Disposable respirators known as N-95 or P-100 respirators will help if you have to be outdoors for a period of time. Ash particles are much larger in size and will not be detected by our monitors. It's important that you wear the respirator correctly, however.

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