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

Fresno Fire and several other agencies are reporting an increase in smoke in the air calls into dispatch

- The wildfires in the North Bay area creating what air quality managers are calling the worst air quality ever recorded for smoke. "Current readings have us mostly in the moderate range", Flannigan said Wednesday.

Those trying to protect themselves are advised to wear N95 masks to minimize smoke inhalation, according to air-quality officials. Residents in Napa, Solano and Sonoma counties should try to stay inside buildings with air conditioning.

At least 15 people were killed and 1,500 structures were leveled Sunday in a firestorm that tore through parts of Santa Rosa and Napa's picturesque wine county. "We're stuck in a smoky classroom with no communication about what to do". Outside of the active fire areas, air quality will be variable and unpredictable.

The school board acknowledged the mask issue and plans to resolve the problem, Walton said.

The superintendent had left a voicemail for parents and teachers on Monday night, assuring them that they would be taking the necessary precautions, but Glidden said that their response was lacking "It did not feel like a safe school environment".

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According to BAAQMD spokesperson Ralph Borrmann, children, elderly, and people with pre-existing respiratory conditions are most likely to be affected.

"When a tragedy hits this close to home, we feel it's our duty to get involved and to help our community and those who have been impacted", said A's President Dave Kaval.

The prediction lines up with air-quality forecasts.

"We're going to see that north wind pick up again tonight and into Thursday and that means drier, warmer air", Flannigan said Wednesday. The festival was expected to include a one mile race and a half marathon through the city streets, but concerns about "the health and safety of our athletes and volunteers" as well as a desire not to use "valuable Bay Area first responders and resources that can be better utilized elsewhere" caused its cancellation.

Schools across the region have already issued warnings to limit outdoor activity, with many bringing recess and P.E. classes indoors.

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