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Smoke from fires impacting air quality

The smoke from two large Northern California wildfires has cast a pall over much of the Bay Area this morning and has impacted the air quality because of particulate matter in the air, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District has warned.

Children, seniors and those with respiratory problems such as asthma can be affected by the high levels of particulate matter.

"It's prudent to take precautions if your area is being affected by the fire," said Jack Broadbent, the air district's executive officer. "If it is smoky outside, keep your doors and windows closed. To minimize exposure, it's best to stay indoors."

One fire is burning in Plumas County affecting the East Bay and another has burned almost 19,000 acres in Henry Coe State Park near Morgan Hill affecting the South Bay.

-- Don Kazak

Comments

Posted by Bystander, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 6, 2007 at 2:24 pm

Just amazing how far smoke and fumes can reach.


Posted by Walter_E_Wallis, a resident of Midtown
on Sep 7, 2007 at 10:49 am

At least the Sierra Clubbers among us have the satisfaction of seeing trees rescued forever from the fate of profitable employment.


Posted by Perspective, a resident of Professorville
on Sep 7, 2007 at 10:52 am

I have to shake my head at the needless fury of this fire..I believe i just read that brush clearing and thinning hasn't been done in 50 years in the name of "the environment".

Even so, I am amazed to learn that we have more trees now in the United States than there were when Europeans first arrived here.


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