California Wildfires Leave Air Quality Unhealthy, Health Measures To Follow

View of Downtown San Francisco covered in smoke resulting from the wildfires in Wine Country

View of downtown San Francisco covered in smoke resulting from the wildfires in Napa and Sonoma counties

The air pollution from the North Bay wildfires is as worst as it's ever been in the Bay Area.

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District had issued the alert and advisory on Tuesday because of what it called "unprecedented levels of air pollution" caused by the several wildfires burning tens of thousands of acres in Napa, Sonoma and Solano counties.

Additionally, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a Spare the Air alert, due to risky levels of particulate matter that can trigger heart and asthma attacks, or exacerbate other respiratory conditions. Parents and school administrators must check air quality readings before letting children practice outdoor sports while air quality is unhealthy.

As of Tuesday morning 15 people had been killed in the fires and officials said that number was likely to rise.

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

In the Bay Area, that means six different organizations have pledged to donate $450,000 for fire relief efforts. The North Bay fires, which started on Sunday, are some of the most destructive wildfires in California history. They also spread smoke and airborne particular matter, leading to harmful breathing conditions.

As air quality in parts of the Bay Area has become too unhealthy, residents should avoid air polluting activities like wood burning, lawn mowing and leaf blowing, driving, and barbecuing.

The following spots in San Francisco will provide you with filtered air. Children, the elderly and individuals with respiratory illnesses are particularly susceptible to health impacts from smoke exposure.

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