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Here's how wildfires up north are affecting people in Merced County

Here's how wildfires up north are affecting people in Merced County

Anyone exposed to poor air quality or wildfire smoke should move inside to an air-conditioned environment. "Current readings have us mostly in the moderate range", Flannigan said Wednesday.

That means residents who smell smoke in the area should stay indoors with their windows closed and air conditioning units on recirculate to stop outside air from entering indoors, according to air quality management officials. The West Contra Costa Unified School District announced yesterday afternoon that they were keeping schools open, but Marissa Glidden, vice president of the United Teachers of Richmond, was frustrated and surprised by this decision.

San Francisco officials said that hospitals have already started receiving patients for respiratory issues that are likely related to the smoke from the wildfires, San Francisco Chronicle reported. "We are joining forces with the rest of our sports community to help relief efforts and encourage any fans who are able to help by donating as well".

The superintendent had left a voicemail for parents and teachers on Monday night, assuring them that they would be taking the necessary precautions, but Glidden said that their response was lacking "It did not feel like a safe school environment". People across the state are breathing in unhealthy air, putting people with asthma and other respiratory conditions at particular risk. "If we don't get winds it just kind of sits here".

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The issues with air quality are expected to extend into the weekend, a problem that's spurred the cancellation of the Virgin Sport "Festival of Fitness" planned for SF this weekend, event organizers say on their website.

"Outside of the active fire areas, air quality will be variable and unpredictable".

"The health caution will remain in place and smoke impacts will continue until the fires are extinguished", officials said in a statement. Meteorologists expect smoke to return in full force.

"We are proud to team up with all of the Bay Area professional sports teams to support North Bay disaster relief efforts."
"Not to mince words: It's going to be really bad".