Stanford and the North Bay fires

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 Wine Country

As California's wine country burns, smoke from the wildfires have blanketed the Bay Area, drowning out the sun and taking the air quality down to unhealthy levels.

The reason is smoke from the Northern California wildfires coupled with smoke from a big blaze in Tulare County wilderness.

For the second consecutive day, the Raiders cut short their practice Thursday because of the air quality.

Air quality: Smoke from the fires has led to deteriorating air quality in much of the Bay Area this week, including at Stanford.

"We are proud to team up with all of the Bay Area professional sports teams to support North Bay disaster relief efforts."
Residents in Napa, Solano and Sonoma counties should try to stay inside buildings with air conditioning.

Fresno Fire and several other agencies are reporting an increase in "smoke in the air" calls into dispatch.

"When I received the email that 'outdoor activity was cancelled, ' but that class was still on, I could barely believe it", said Kellen Casebeer, a senior marketing major at SF State via email. In San Francisco, officials said two hospitals had about three or four patients each come in for respiratory issues that might have been related to the smoke.

If you cannot keep windows and doors closed due to high temperatures, seek out cooling centers in your area.

Smoke billows from the hills above homes in the Oakmont neighborhood on October 10, 2017 in Santa Rosa, California.

It is also strongly suggested to you rethink physically-intensive activities like outdoor exercise.

"Please curtail wood burning, lawn mowing and leaf blowing, driving, and BBQing", says a tweet care of San Francisco-based Spare the Air, an environmental agency. "Air quality may improve at times or get worse, very quickly", the district said in a statement.

This post is based on a story by KQED, which is being periodically updated with the most recent air quality numbers.

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