December 3, 2021

California wildfires: Bay Area copes with unhealthy air quality, smoke and heat

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (KGO) — Most all of us within the Bay Area are dealing with poor air high quality and scorching temperatures this weekend, in reality there was virtually no escaping it.

Skies had been smoky and gray however soccer video games had been nonetheless occurring in Berkeley. Coaches had been carefully watching the air high quality index.

“The air quality’s bad but If they say it’s okay, we just come and play,” stated Cande, a Berkeley mum or dad.

“This is an opportunity to get out and we jump at the chance but we may have to reschedule for another time,” stated Vi Salgado.

San Pablo soccer Coach Jorge Serrano was involved about his gamers respiration wildfire smoke.

“We have to be safe, if it goes over 100 we’ve got to go home and skip it,” stated Serrano.

Over 100 AQI is taken into account unhealthy for delicate teams. By late morning, the air high quality map was shifting from orange to crimson in some components of the Bay Area.

VIDEO: Lake Tahoe surrounded by thick, apocalyptic layer of smoke from California wildfires

From our Sutro Tower cam, the Golden Gate Bridge was a mere shadow. And from the East Bay, downtown Oakland was hazy. The Bay Bridge was vanishing within the smoke alongside with the San Francisco skyline.

Zach Tanenbaum’s observe occasion in Oakland acquired canceled.

“We were going to have a team inner-squad race at Joaquin Miller Park but coach sent email, air was 150, unsafe range,” stated Tanenbaum.

In Orinda, the intense heat pushed 100 levels. It was sufficient to ship Jim Muehling and and his mother to the films for some air-conditioned consolation.

My mother is aged, her coronary heart is not good so we’re joyful to be at a theater inside,” said Muehling.

N95 masks, recommended by experts for wildfire smoke have been selling fast at Orinda True Value Hardware.

“Everyone’s coming in for the N95’s they’re greatest for air high quality and COVID-19,” stated worker Lorraine Rawlinson.

The Bay Area Air High quality Administration District recommends sporting N95 masks when smoke exceeds unhealthy ranges. It recommends these with respiratory or well being points to remain inside their properties with doorways and home windows shut.