Bay Area air polluted with smoke from North Bay firestorm

A wildfire moves closer to North Tustin homes along the 261 freeway in Tustin, Calif., Monday, Oct. 9, 2017. Deadly wildfires whipped by powerful winds swept through California wine country Monday, destroying 1,500 homes and businesses and sending thousands fleeing as flames raged unchecked through high-end resorts, grocery stores and tree-lined neighborhoods. (Cindy Yamanaka/The Orange County Register via AP)

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — People all across the Bay Area are waking up to the smell of smoke once again Tuesday morning.

As wildfires continue to ravage thousands of acres in the North Bay, smoke is spreading throughout the Bay Area.

“Smoke from wildfires and structure fires contains harmful chemicals that can affect your health. Smoke can cause eye and throat irritation, coughing, and difficulty breathing,” Fairfield Police Department said in a statement.

The public is advised to stay inside and limit heavy outdoor activity in these conditions.

The National Weather Service tweeted this image showing the density of smoke.

It is especially heavy in areas directly affected by the fires.

KRON4’s Maureen Kelly is in Napa reporting live from the Atlas Fire, where she is grateful to have a mask for protection.

The following information is directly from Fairfield officials:

Contact your healthcare provider if you or someone in your care experience the following symptoms that may be related to excess smoke exposure include:
• Repeated coughing
• Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
• Wheezing
• Chest tightness or pain
• Palpitations
• Nausea or unusual fatigue
• Lightheadedness

Groups at Higher Risk for Illness Due To Smoke
Groups at greater risk of experiencing symptoms due to smoke include:
• People with respiratory disease (such as asthma)
• People with heart disease
• Young children
• Older adults

Follow these general precautions to protect your health during a smoke event:
– Minimize or stop outdoor activities, especially exercise
– Stay indoors with windows and doors closed as much as possible
– Do not run fans that bring smoky outdoor air inside – examples include swamp coolers, whole-house fans, and fresh air ventilation systems
– Run your air-conditioner only if it does not bring smoke in from the outdoors. Change the standard air conditioner filter to a medium or high efficiency filter. If available, use the “re-circulate” or “recycle” setting on the unit
– Do not smoke, fry food, or do other things that will create indoor air pollution
– Consider leaving the area until smoke conditions improve if you experience symptoms related to smoke exposure



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