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Heavy smoke from wildfires in the North Bay counties is causing very unhealthy air quality throughout the region and the smoke is moving into other parts of the Bay Area due to winds.
Bay Area residents impacted by wildfire smoke are advised to:• Limit outdoor activities to avoid unnecessary exposure if you smell smoke• Set air conditioning units and car vent systems to re-circulate to prevent outside air from moving inside• Reduce exposure to smoky air by remaining indoors with windows and doors closed, if possible• If you cannot keep windows and doors closed due to high temperatures, seek out cooling centers in your area• Stay tuned to local media for changes in smoke or weather conditionsSmoke can irritate the eyes and airways, causing coughing, a scratchy throat and irritated sinuses. Elevated particulate matter in the air can trigger wheezing in those who suffer from asthma, emphysema or COPD. Elderly persons, children and individuals with respiratory illnesses are particularly susceptible to elevated air pollution levels and should take extra precautions to avoid exposure.