Air quality deteriorates due to California wildfires

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The Bay Area's seven major professional sports organizations have untied to donate a combined $450,000 to the North Bay fire relief efforts, according to a press release.

People residing dozens of miles from the fire zone, including San Francisco and San Jose, have complained about the smell of smoke since the fires started Sunday night, CBS SF Bay Areareported.

The district issued an air quality advisory this morning, saying the particulate matter in the smoke had generated an air quality index of 194 as of 6 a.m.

Air district officials said changing wind patterns and the moving fires is creating air quality that is "variable and unpredictable" and "may improve at times or get worse, very quickly".

It is imperative that Santa Clara County residents protect their health. Fresno Unified has also canceled all outdoor activities. The reason is smoke from the Northern California wildfires coupled with smoke from a big blaze in Tulare County wilderness.

Individuals most at risk for illness due to smoke in the air include children, seniors and those with respiratory problems.

But, for those in Solano County, much closer to the wildfires burning in both Napa and Sonoma counties, air quality remains at an extremely unhealthy level.

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. Anyone exposed to poor air quality or wildfire smoke should move inside to an air-conditioned environment.

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