Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Control burn canceled. Merced County smoke is all from wildfires, officials say

Control burn canceled. Merced County smoke is all from wildfires, officials say

The bad air has canceled everything from schools to just about any outdoor activity in the area - even bringing to a halt the $100,000 pro tennis tournament being played this week at Solano Community College.

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.

Additionally, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a Spare the Air alert, due to unsafe levels of particulate matter that can trigger heart and asthma attacks, or exacerbate other respiratory conditions.

On Tuesday, air quality officials issued health and smoke advisories for all nine Bay Area counties, the second such warning issued this fall wildfire season.

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 will probably hit the central valley and the East Bay tonight and tomorrow." said Thomas Hall, Sacramento Air Quality Management.

The advisory also cautioned the Bay Area residents, especially in the Napa and Sonoma counties, to protect their health. The blazes are sending a cloud of ash and smoke over the bay, threatening residents with polluted air. It also predicted "unhealthy" for Thursday as well. Anyone exposed to poor air quality or wildfire smoke should move inside to an air-conditioned environment.

Air quality specialists said it is particularly unhealthy for sensitive groups such as people with asthma and other respiratory conditions, the elderly and kids.

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