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    Sunday night will feature limited coastal fog with hazy skies and lows in the low to upper 50s.VIDEO: Meteorologist Drew Tuma has your AccuWeather forecastLIVE: Track Bay Area air quality levelsMonday will still feature hazy skies with air quality fluctuating between good (green) and moderate (yellow) during the day. Its a cooler afternoon with highs range from the mid 60s to upper 80s.Santa Rosa 85San Francisco 69Oakland 74San Jose 79Concord 86Coast:Tonight: Patchy FogLows: Low to Mid 50sTomorrow: Hazy SkiesHighs: Mid 60s to Mid 70sEast Bay:Tonight: HazyLows: Upper 50sTomorrow: Hazy SkiesHighs: Mid 70sEast Bay Valleys:Tonight: HazyLows: Mid to Upper 50sTomorrow: Hazy SkiesHighs: Mid to Upper 80sNorth Bay:Tonight: HazyLows: Low to Mid 50sTomorrow: Hazy SkiesHighs: Low 70s to Mid 80sPeninsula:Tonight: HazyLows: Mid...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- It's been a blissful few days of clear skies in the Bay Area, but air quality took a turn this weekend. Smoke was forecasted to make its way back over the region this weekend, says ABC7 News Meteorologist Mike Nicco.LIVE SMOKE TRACKER: Track Bay Area air quality levels"Waking up Saturday morning, the winds are shifting, coming out of the north and bringing the North Complex and the August Fire Complex smoke," says Nicco. "About half of us will be covered by Saturday evening in haze and it just keeps getting thicker as we head through Sunday."Smoke will turn hazy as a wind shift occurs in the northerly direction. Smoke will then drift into the North Bay...
    California was forced to contend in one week with the triple threat of wildfires, the coronavirus and an earthquake. The Golden State has been under siege by wildfires that burned more than 3.4 million acres scorched so far this year, killed at least 26 people and destroyed numerous homes, CNN reported. Parts of Southern California were ordered to evacuate Saturday as the Bobcat Fire in Los Angeles County quickly spread over 91,000 acres due to strong winds. Meanwhile, toxic smoke from the wildfires has spread through California and nearby states, creating poor air quality conditions. Gov. Gavin Newsom has said that access to the state’s mobile coronavirus testing sites has been impacted by air quality issues. COVID-19 rates in...
    California was forced to contend in one week with the triple threat of wildfires, the coronavirus and an earthquake. The Golden State has been under siege by wildfires that burned more than 3.4 million acres scorched so far this year, killed at least 26 people and destroyed numerous homes, CNN reported. Parts of Southern California were ordered to evacuate Saturday as the Bobcat Fire in Los Angeles County quickly spread over 91,000 acres due to strong winds. Meanwhile, toxic smoke from the wildfires has spread through California and nearby states, creating poor air quality conditions. Gov. Gavin Newsom has said that access to the state’s mobile coronavirus testing sites has been impacted by air quality issues. COVID-19 rates in the...
    After smoke from wildfires in Mendocino and Humboldt counties led to another day of unhealthy air in parts of the Bay Area Saturday, air quality is expected to improve somewhat Sunday and in the early part of the week, according to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. The Spare the Air alert that was issued Saturday won’t be necessary Sunday, officials said. However, the district has issued an air quality advisory, which means that smoke could potentially affect air quality, or it could be visible in the atmosphere but won’t hurt air quality enough at lower levels where people breathe. Forecasts on the district website show that air quality is expected to be “moderate” in most parts of the...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- While wildfires continue to rage in Southern California, communities outside the immediate burn areas will see modest improvements in air quality on Saturday.The South Coast Air Quality Management District still has air quality advisories in place for the Bobcat, El Dorado and Snow fires on Saturday. Those fires are burning primarily in the San Bernardino and Angeles national forests to the north and northeast of Los Angeles County. In Los Angeles itself, the air quality is predicted to be moderate.An onshore flow will also bring the return of the marine layer Saturday morning with cooler temperatures in many areas.Los Angeles and Orange counties should see some morning fog followed by a high of 84 in the...
    By SAM METZ, AP/Report for America CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada has been largely spared from the blazes roaring through the West; the state is currently experiencing no active wildfires. But wildfire smoke — full of particulate matter and metals from scorched houses and forests — has cloaked much of the state, forcing schools to close and residents to go inside, even in areas where government air quality maps don’t show hazardous conditions. Maps that depict hazardous conditions in surrounding states show a conspicuous blank space over much of Nevada. But untrained observers and Californians looking for a nearby place with breathable outdoor air should not assume smoke and hazardous air quality has spared regions that appear untouched by...
    By SARA CLINE, Associated Press/Report for America SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The availability of coronavirus testing in Oregon decreased this week due to the massive wildfires and the hazardous air quality that stretched across the state. Despite this, officials said Friday that data continues to show a decline in the rate of COVID-19 transmission in the state. Many outdoor testing sites in Oregon and the state's laboratory that processes and holds tests were closed this week. In August, Oregon performed an average of 32,000 tests per week. Last week, as thousands of people were forced to evacuate their homes because of wildfires, Oregon tested 19,465 people, officials said. To date, Oregon has tested approximately 616,600 people for COVID-19. Symptoms from...
    Enjoy the good air quality while it lasts through tonight because it's going to look different this weekend.There will be a change in the wind direction as it will bring smoke from the wildfires up north back into our region causing the air quality to decline.VIDEO: Meteorologist Mike Nicco has your AccuWeather forecastLIVE: Track Bay Area air quality levelsAs a result, a "Spare the Air" alert has been issued for Saturday.Fog will start off the morning tomorrow and it will be followed by warmer conditions. Smoke will increase through the afternoon.Concord 86Oakland 75Redwood City 78San Francisco 70San Jose 80Santa Rosa 84Coast:Tonight: Foggy & MistyLows: Mid to Upper 50sTomorrow: Lingering Fog, Hazy SkiesHighs: Mid 60sEast Bay:Tonight: Fog & Low CloudsLows: Upper...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Officials with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District have issued a Spare the Air Alert for parts of the North and East Bay Saturday due to wildfire smoke. According to a press release issued by the agency, northerly winds from a passing low-pressure system forecast for Saturday are expected to bring smoke from the from 800,000-acre plus August Complex burning in the northern part of the state into the North Bay, Eastern Contra Costa County and the Livermore Valley, causing unhealthy air quality. Our weekend forecast: Spare the Air Alert! See updates at https://t.co/FsYJ5izH83. pic.twitter.com/SoSIh8hFd6 — Bay Area Air Quality (@AirDistrict) September 18, 2020 The coast, the Santa Clara Valley and the South...
    DENVER (CBS4) – Heath advisories related to wildfire smoke have been expanded to 41 of Colorado’s 64 counties on Friday. Air quality will remain unhealthy for everyone through Friday afternoon before significant improvement arrives this weekend. According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the smoke in the air on Friday is expected to be similar to Thursday with even more counties in Colorado being impacted. (source: CBS) Much of the smoke is coming from the West Coast but some of it is originating from in-site fires including the Cameron Peak Fire near Red Feather Lakes, the Middle Fork Fire north of Steamboat Springs, and a new wildfire in Wyoming north of Walden. The air has been declared...
    Residents in Los Angeles County can breathe a little easier this weekend, as air quality is expected to improve for the first time in nearly two weeks. The National Weather Service said Friday that a front of cold, low-pressure air moving in from the northwest will help clear out some of the wildfire smoke that has been smothering much of the region. “We’re expecting better today, even better tomorrow and through the weekend,” Kathy Hoxsie, a meteorologist with the weather service in Oxnard, said Friday. The full benefits of the system will be felt in the northern portion of the state, Hoxsie said, but L.A. will receive “enough of the tail that it’ll make a big difference.” The system will...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Southern California will see warm temperatures and hazy skies with unhealthy air quality again on Thursday.The smoke from the California wildfires continues to linger over the region for at least a few more days but the air may clear by the weekend with an onshore flow cooling off the area.Los Angeles and Orange counties should see hot, hazy conditions Thursday with a high of 90 degrees and unhealthy air quality.The valleys and Inland Empire can expect a hot, hazy Thursday with a high of 98 and unhealthy air quality for all.Temperatures should start dropping and air quality improving by Friday.Get the latest updates on the rain with the Free ABC7 Los Angeles appDownload the ABC7 app...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — There has been a haze over Minnesota skies this week coming from the wildfires more than 1500 miles to the west. So, what does this smoky air mean for Minnesota? Good Question. “Right now, in Minnesota, because the source of the fire is out west, we have good air quality,” said Daniel Dix, a meteorologist with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. MPCA tracks air quality in Minnesota every hour and posts the information on its website. So far, this year, there has been only one air quality alert issued in Minnesota. That was back in June and due to ozone. The smoke has traveled all the way to East Coast and into the Atlantic Ocean via the jet...
    DENVER (CBS4)– The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is asking people to avoid exercising outside because of the poor air quality. The air quality warning is in effect through Friday afternoon. (credit: CBS) RELATED: Air Quality Unhealthy For Everyone As Wildfire Smoke Gets Worse In Colorado The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has issued an Air Quality Health Advisory for 27 counties in Colorado including the entire Denver metro area. The advisory applies to all individuals and not just sensitive groups like young children and older adults which is more commonly the case when air quality alerts are issued. The CDPHE recommends everyone living within the advised area to limit outdoor activities particularly when smoke is...
    Yosemite National Park is closing at least through the weekend because of the hazardous air quality caused by wildfires that continue to rage along the West Coast. In a statement, officials announced the California park was closed to all visitors and vehicles as of 5 p.m. Thursday, and would likely remain closed through the weekend “[w]ith air quality projected to be in the unhealthy to hazardous range over the next several days.” “The park will continue to assess the smoke impacts, air quality index, and fire activity throughout the region. Yosemite National Park will reopen to visitors when conditions improve, and it is safe for visitors and employees to be in Yosemite National Park,” the park said in the statement....
    Yosemite National Park will close Thursday night due to hazardous air quality as wildfires continue to rage across the West Coast. The California national park will close to all visitors and vehicles at 5 p.m. Thursday night. Park officials said in a Thursday statement that they expect it to be closed at least through the weekend “[w]ith air quality projected to be in the unhealthy to hazardous range over the next several days.” “The park will continue to assess the smoke impacts, air quality index, and fire activity throughout the region. Yosemite National Park will reopen to visitors when conditions improve, and it is safe for visitors and employees to be in Yosemite National Park,” the park said in the...
    LOS ANGELES, Calif. (KABC) -- With fires scorching the West Coast, air quality has been a concern.The Bobcat Fire burning above Sierra Madre blew smoke across Los Angeles County, forcing residents indoors. And with other wildfires across the West Coast smoke is reaching as far as New York, according to the National Weather Service."We have seen these types of levels before, when you're very close to one of these wildfires, but we've never seen it this widespread," said Dr. Philip Fine with South Coast Air Quality Management District.Dr. Fine says that there is a smoke plume that's almost 2,000 miles wide now covering the entire Western United States because of all of the fires happening between Washington and Southern California...
    YOSEMITE (CBS SF) — Officials in Yosemite National Park announced Thursday that the park would shut down to all visitors and vehicular traffic at 5 p.m. due to significant smoke and hazardous air quality from Southern California wildfires. A statement issued by park officials said that all park entrance stations and roads will close as of 5 p.m. Thursday evening. As the poor air quality is projected to range from unhealthy to hazardous for the next several days, officials anticipate Yosemite will be closed through the weekend. Smoke from the Creek Fire has been impacting visitors to the park since Labor Day Weekend. ALSO READ: Smoke Plume Casts Martian Like Glow Over Yosemite National Park The park’s official Twitter account...
    YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. — Yosemite National Park is closing to all visitors due to significant smoke impacts from California’s wildfires. The park issued a notice that all entrances and roads will close at 5 p.m. Thursday and will reopen when conditions are safe. The park says there is hazardous air quality throughout Yosemite. Sequoia National Park closed earlier this week due to a growing wildfire in the adjacent Sequoia National Forest. Kings Canyon National Park remains open but air quality is also described as poor.
    YOSEMITE (CBS SF) — Officials in Yosemite National Park announced Thursday that the park would shut down to all visitors and vehicular traffic at 5 p.m. due to significant smoke and hazardous air quality from Southern California wildfires. A statement issued by park officials said that all park entrance stations and roads will close as of 5 p.m. Thursday evening. As the poor air quality is projected to range from unhealthy to hazardous for the next several days, officials anticipate Yosemite will be closed through the weekend. Smoke from the Creek Fire has been impacting visitors to the park since Labor Day Weekend. ALSO READ: Smoke Plume Casts Martian Like Glow Over Yosemite National Park The park’s official Twitter account...
    FRESNO, Calif. -- The National Park Service has announced that Yosemite National Park will close to all visitors at 5 pm Thursday due to significant smoke impacts and hazardous air quality.Park officials say that air quality is projected to be in the unhealthy to hazardous range over the next several days, so the park is expected to be closed at least throughout the weekend.RELATED: 'Dead quiet,' orange haze in Yosemite National Park as Creek Fire burnsABC30 Chief Meteorologist Kevin Musso says smoke has been blowing north into the park from the Creek Fire in Fresno and Madera Counties and the SQF Complex Fire in Tulare County.RELATED: Creek Fire: 244,756 acres burned with 18% containmentRELATED: SQF Complex Fire: 122,835 acres burned,...
    The Mariners have to move another series out of Seattle as the air quality is not conducive to fielding a baseball game. The Seattle Mariners are currently playing as the home team in San Francisco after moving that two-game series to the Bay Area due to wildfire smoke making it unsafe to play at T-Mobile Park. This came after the Mariners and Oakland Athletics played a doubleheader in hazy air on Monday. The Mariners have a weekend series against the San Diego Padres scheduled at home followed by one against the Houston Astros. The first of the two has officially been moved and the Mariners will play as the home team on the road once again this weekend. Due to...
    SEATTLE (AP) — The Mariners’ upcoming series against the Padres has been relocated to San Diego due to air quality concerns in the Seattle area. Seattle will be the home team for all three games of the series that begins Friday night, meaning the Padres could be in position to clinch their first playoff berth since 2006 while playing as visitors in their home ballpark. With the move, the Mariners have three home game remaining on their schedule beginning next Monday against Houston. The Mariners already had two games against the Giants moved from Seattle to San Francisco this week because of unhealthy air quality from numerous West Coast wildfires. The Mariners and Oakland Athletics played a...
    BOSTON (CBS) — With wildfires continuing to rage in the Pacific Northwest, the air quality index in certain areas continues to be a significant issue — both for the general public, of course, as well as for professional sporting events. This matter figures to be of particular concern for the New England Patriots, who are set to travel to Seattle and play against the Seahawks on national television on Sunday night. Throughout the week, all involved parties express optimism that the weather forecast called for a shift that would improve the air quality in Seattle. But a new development does cast some negativity in that regard. According to Ken Rosenthal, Major League Baseball will shift this weekend’s series between the...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- That's not smoke, it's fog! For the first time in 30 days the San Francisco Bay Area woke up to Karl the Fog instead of unhealthy air from air quality from historic wildfires burning in the region.RELATED: LIVE: Track Bay Area air quality levelsABC7 News meteorologist Mike Nicco said enjoy the clean air while it lasts, because the smoke will drift back into Bay Area this weekend."Our bluest skies will be today and Friday before we start getting hazy again," said Nicco.Thursday marked the first day without a Spare the Air Alert in a month."You really noticed it this morning with all the mist, the drizzle, the fog and the visibility down to a quarter of...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Following a record 30 straights days of Spare the Air alerts, there was no such alert Thursday as the region’s air quality continued to clear up – but not completely. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) said the air quality Thursday and Friday was expected to be good to moderate, but residual smoke from the Northern California wildfires is still aloft and could cause hazy skies, prompting an air quality advisory. After 30 days of #SparetheAir Alerts, air quality is expected to be Good to Moderate today and tomorrow. An air quality advisory is in effect through Friday, 9/18 as residual smoke is still aloft and may cause smoky, hazy skies, but air...
    DENVER (CBS4) – Areas of thick wildfire smoke originating mainly from out-of-state will cause unhealthy air and extremely poor visibility on Thursday. In many cases the smoke will be even worse than it was on Wednesday. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has issued an Air Quality Health Advisory for 27 counties in Colorado including the entire Denver metro area through at least 4 p.m. Thursday. The advisory applies to all individuals and not just sensitive groups like young children and older adults which is more commonly the case when air quality alerts are issued. (source: CBS) The CDPHE recommends everyone living within the advised area to limit outdoor activities particularly when smoke is thick or becomes thick....
    DENVER (CBS4) – Areas of thick wildfire smoke originating mainly from out-of-state will cause unhealthy air and extremely poor visibility on Thursday. In many cases the smoke will be even worse than it was on Wednesday. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has issued an Air Quality Health Advisory for 27 counties in Colorado including the entire Denver metro area through at least 4 p.m. Thursday. The advisory applies to all individuals and not just sensitive groups like young children and older adults which is more commonly the case when air quality alerts are issued. (source: CBS) The CDPHE recommends everyone living within the advised area to limit outdoor activities particularly when smoke is thick or becomes...
    TAHOE CITY (CBS13) — As the smoke clears out from the Sacramento Valley, it’s sinking into the Tahoe Basin. The vista views over Tahoe are now blanketed in a hazy layer of wildfire smoke. “It hurts, hurts your lungs,” said Gary Winthorpe, who was visiting from the Bay Area. Those headed for an outdoor escape this weekend will instead find hazy skies and unhealthy air quality. “There’s a bunch of people flocking up here thinking it’s going to be better but it’s really not,” said Samantha Rains. The air quality is unhealthy, which means it could cause health problems for everyone, not just those with pre-existing conditions. Get our news app: Download the updated CBS Sacramento News app for iOS and...
    VACAVILLE (CBS13) — For the first time in nearly a month, people across the region caught a break from the smoke Wednesday. In Solano County, an area hit hard by the LNU Lightning Complex Fires, the blue skies had people breathing a bit easier. “Actually been working out outdoors lately since the air quality is getting better, which is what I’m thankful for as well,” said Jom Pineda. “It’s really nice to be outside,” said Edelyn Araga. The area was hit hard with smoky skies from raging wildfires. The smoke is now finally clearing out but only for a short period of time. READ: Study Suggests Link Between Poor Air Quality And Increase In Flu Cases Vong Says has been working...
    As smoke from wildfires chokes the West Coast, social media has been flooded with crowdsourced maps providing near-real time updates on just how horrendous the air really is. Much of the data are from relatively inexpensive sensors from a company called PurpleAir. They’ve only been available for the past few years, but they’re already changing everything from government maps of air quality to how communities are watching out for each other — and keeping track of the air they breathe. PurpleAir sensors, and others like them have become more popular, and more powerful. Low-cost air quality sensors that measure particle pollution — including dust, soot, and smoke — have only become available to most non-scientists in the past decade...
    The horrible haze has rolled back into Colorado after last week’s storm pushed a lot nasty air out of Colorado. With wildfires continuing to rage not only in Colorado, but the western United States. All of that terrible air is funneling right into Colorado, and will continue to do so through the end of the week. It should hopefully somewhat improve by the weekend. It won’t be totally back to normal, but should improve. Temperatures will continue to be about ten degrees above average through Sunday. We should stay in the upper 80s. If there is one day we could possibly crack into the low 90s it would be Saturday. After that, we slowly cool down to the lower 80s...
    The smoke from dozens of wildfires in the western United States is stretching clear across the country – and even pushing into Mexico, Canada and Europe. While the dangerous plumes are forcing people indoors along the West Coast, residents thousands of kilometers away in the East are seeing unusually hazy skies and remarkable sunsets. The wildfires racing across tinder-dry landscape in California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington are extraordinary, but the long reach of their smoke isn't unprecedented. While there are only small pockets in the southeastern U.S. that are haze free, experts say the smoke poses less of a health concern for those who are farther away. The sun was transformed into a perfect orange orb as it set over...
    Nicole Karlis September 16, 2020 11:27PM (UTC) Do-it-yourself culture usually involves hobbyists tinkering around as a means of creating a fun diversion: Making jam, knitting, or building furniture, perhaps. But as the West Coast chokes in apocalyptic wildfire smoke, a more dystopian hobbyist project has been gaining traction. Meet the DIY air purifier. : Google searches for "DIY air purifier" skyrocketed in the last month, a majority of them from California, Oregon and Washington. Search the hashtag #diyairpurifier on Instagram and Twitter, and you'll find photos of hacked-together box fans and filtration tools. Unlike baking your own bread, building your own air purifier is a project many are turning to as a means of survival, as the air quality index (AQI) has lingered in the "hazardous" range...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The Bay Area has been dealing with some of the worst air quality in years thanks to wildfires raging around the region. Finally, there has been less smoke and improved air quality across the region.LIVE: Track air quality levels where you live hereWatch the latest AccuWeather forecast to find out when the air quality will get better.App users: For a better experience, click here to view the full map in a new windowCheck here to see how long Spare the Air Alerts will be in effect.App users: For a better experience, click here to view the full map in a new windowRELATED STORIES & VIDEOS: Here are all the fires burning in the Bay Area...
    Smoke from the Bobcat and El Dorado fires continues to blanket Southern California, prompting the South Coast Air Quality Management District to issue its 10th straight day of air quality advisories. Some residents of Los Angeles County, growing weary of the thick, hazy air, say they’re at wit’s end. “You can barely see to the end of the block,” Pasadena resident Stewart Pajares said Wednesday. Pajares said he felt burning in his eyes and lungs, and when asked what concerned him most about the region’s poor air quality, he said, “breathing.” Onshore winds will likely begin moving smoke out of the South Coast air basin Wednesday afternoon, the South Coast AQMD said, but “modest smoke impacts” from Northern and...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- After dealing with some of the worst air quality in years from wildfire smoke around the region, the Bay Area is finally seeing healthy air.Track air quality levels where you live with the interactive map below.App users: For a better experience, click here to view the full map in a new windowTake a look at the Latest AccuWeather forecast.Spare the Air in effectApp users: For a better experience, click here to view the full map in a new windowRELATED STORIES & VIDEOS: Dramatic photos capture orange, hazy skies seen all across Bay Area BEFORE AND AFTER: DRONEVIEW7 captures shocking transition to orange San Francisco skies VIDEOS: Apocalyptic orange skies seen across Bay Area from wildfire...
    DENVER (CBS4) – Smoke originating from wildfires on the West Coast will travel across Idaho, Montana, South Dakota, and Nebraska before finally reaching Colorado’s Front Range on Wednesday. The out-of-state smoke combined with smoke from in-state fires will create unhealthy air. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has issued an Air Quality Health Advisory through at least 4 p.m. for Wednesday and it will likely be extended. The advisory covers the urban corridor from Colorado Springs to Fort Collins and includes the entire Denver metro area. Most of the Eastern Plains are included as well. (credit: CBS) According to the CDPHE, if smoke is thick or becomes thick residents are urged to remain indoors. This is especially true...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The Bay Area has been dealing with some of the worst air quality in years thanks to wildfires raging around the region. Finally, there has been less smoke and improved air quality across the region.We'll be streaming our tower cameras around the region live in the video player above. Keep checking back throughout the day to see new scenes.The view you're looking at right now is the Bay Bridge.LIVE: Track air quality levels where you live hereWatch the latest AccuWeather forecast to find out when the air quality will get better.App users: For a better experience, click here to view the full map in a new windowCheck here to see how long Spare the Air Alerts...
    DENVER (CBS4) – Smoke originating from wildfires on the West Coast will travel across Idaho, Montana, South Dakota, and Nebraska before finally reaching Colorado’s Front Range on Wednesday. The out-of-state smoke combined with smoke from in-state fires will create unhealthy air. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has issued an Air Quality Health Advisory through at least 4 p.m. for Wednesday and it will likely be extended. The advisory covers the urban corridor from Colorado Springs to Fort Collins and includes the entire Denver metro area. Most of the Eastern Plains are included as well. (credit: CBS) According to the CDPHE, if smoke is thick or becomes thick residents are urged to remain indoors. This is especially...
    By Laura Smith-Spark | CNN The wildfires devastating California and other parts of the western United States are the worst in 18 years, with vast amounts of thick smoke affecting large areas of the North America and even reaching Northern Europe, scientists said Wednesday. The fires, which began in mid-August in California and Colorado, are “significantly more intense than the 2003-2019 average for the whole country and the affected states,” according to data from Europe’s Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS). Oregon and Washington have also seen serious wildfires break out since the beginning of September, following recent hot, dry and windy conditions. Scientists from CAMS, which is part of the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, use satellite observations to...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The Bay Area has been dealing with some of the worst air quality in years thanks to wildfires raging around the region. Finally, there has been less smoke and improved air quality across the region.We'll be streaming our tower cameras around the region live in the video player above. Keep checking back throughout the day to see new scenes.The view you're looking at right now is the Bay Bridge.LIVE: Track air quality levels where you live hereWatch the latest AccuWeather forecast to find out when the air quality will get better.App users: For a better experience, click here to view the full map in a new windowCheck here to see how long Spare the Air Alerts...
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Dangerously dirty air spewing from the West Coast wildfires is seeping into homes and businesses, sneaking into cars through air conditioning vents and preventing people already shut away by the coronavirus pandemic from enjoying a walk or trip to the park. People in Oregon, Washington state and California have been struggling for a week or longer under some of the most unhealthy air on the planet. The acrid yellow-green smog may linger for days or weeks, scientists and forecasters said. It is also a sign of things to come. With wildfires getting larger and more destructive because of climate change and more people living closer to areas that burn, smoke will likely shroud the sky more...
    COVID-19 has been in our community for six months, and we know it will be some time before we recover. We also face dangerous air quality from the largest fires in our state’s history and widespread demand for policing reform and racial equity. These unprecedented times have been very hard, and we long for the day when the Alameda we love is thriving again. Don’t forget masks: This Monday, we reached 20,000 COVID-19 cases in Alameda County. Here in the city of Alameda, we’ve had 377 COVID-19 cases, an increase of 144 cases in the past 30 days. We know that across the county, the age group with the largest number of cases is 18- to 30-year-olds. We also know...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- After dealing with some of the worst air quality in years from wildfires around the region, the Bay Area is finally seeing healthy air.Track air quality levels where you live with Live Doppler 7 in the media player above or with the interactive map below. App users: For a better experience, click here to view the full map in a new windowTake a look at the Latest AccuWeather forecast.Spare the Air in effect.App users: For a better experience, click here to view the full map in a new windowRELATED STORIES & VIDEOS: Dramatic photos capture orange, hazy skies seen all across Bay Area BEFORE AND AFTER: DRONEVIEW7 captures shocking transition to orange San Francisco skies...
    (CNN)In the foothills below the Bobcat Fire, just northeast of Los Angeles, the smoke just hangs all day, every day."Thirty-plus years ago, I quit smoking," Mike Day, of nearby Monrovia, told CNN on Saturday. "But I've started again in the last six days, just from (breathing) the air."Day is among thousands of people on the West Coast who feel they are unable to go outside without the poor air quality taking a toll on their health. The almost 90 large wildfires raging in the West have killed at least 36 people, destroyed hundreds of buildings and even entire towns. The fires have also burned more than 4.6 million acres in the West, creating massive plumes visible even on the International...
    clean air for schools Air purifier in classroom Children measuring air quality September 16, 2020 New analysis reveals a 50% reduction in air pollution around schools across the UK and Ireland could halve the number of children who have lung function so poor as to affect their everyday lives National Clean Air for Schools Framework launched to tackle air pollution in and around schools Microscope images of children’s sputum reveal the level of black carbon in their lungs Amsterdam, the Netherlands – Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), a global leader in health technology, and the Philips Foundation, with its mission to provide access to quality healthcare for disadvantaged communities through innovation, together with UK-based charity Global Action Plan reveal new analysis...
    By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: SHIFTED SITE The Mariners and Giants play at Oracle Park after their two-game series in Seattle was postponed because of poor air quality caused by the West Coast wildfires. The teams will now play twice in San Francisco. Forecasters are calling for smoke to reach very unhealthy levels in Western Washington through at least Thursday. There have been smoky skies in the Bay Area, too, but the air quality has remained OK. The Mariners and Oakland split a doubleheader Monday in Seattle. The smoke level reached a level of very unhealthy on the air quality index, even with the roof closed at T-Mobile Park. “I’m a healthy...
    As forest fires blaze in the western states and a new hurricane hits the southern coast of America, President Donald Trump has caused controversy by questioning the science around climate change. At the same time, he has called himself a "great environmentalist", touting successes in conservation, wildlife protection and the banning of some off-shore drilling. We have taken a look at what he has said and done on environmental issues. Trump: 'It'll start getting cooler. You just watch... I don't think science knows, actually.'These comments were in response to California Secretary for Natural Resources Wade Crowfoot, who said to the president: "We want to work with you to really recognise the changing climate." Image copyright Getty Images Image...
    SEATTLE (AP) — The two-game series between the San Francisco Giants and Mariners in Seattle that was scheduled to start Tuesday night was postponed because of poor air quality caused by the West Coast wildfires. The teams will now play Wednesday and Thursday at Oracle Park in San Francisco, with game times to be determined. The announcement came as forecasters called for smoke to reach very unhealthy levels in Western Washington through at least Thursday. Both teams had a scheduled day off Thursday that allowed them to avoid playing a doubleheader on Wednesday. Some players complained about smoky conditions Monday night after the Mariners split a doubleheader with the Oakland Athletics. The smoke level during the games reached a level...
    WALNUT CREEK, Calif. (KGO) -- Most of the Bay Area has been holed up inside for days because of toxic air quality. But there was a ray of hope- and a breath of less toxic fresh air for those who ventured out in the East Bay.A St. Mary's College student finally got outside to snap some landscape photos but was disappointed by the ongoing lack of vibrant colors, Tuesday was just a lighter shade of gray.LIVE: Track Bay Area air quality levels impacted by smokeNicole Kopp said unfortunately she was out of time, her assignment was due today.She said, "I'm stuck with this, there's nothing I can do."Many have been closely monitoring the air quality index.Carla Den Dulk, a Walnut...
    If you’ve sealed yourself inside your house over the past week because of the Bay Area’s unhealthy, smoke-filled air, you’re in for a respite this week. An offshore weather system moved in earlier than expected early Tuesday morning, diluting the smoke from wildfires raging throughout California and bringing in cleaner air for much of the Bay Area. The Air Quality Index showed “good” or “moderate”-quality air had settled in different parts of the Bay Area, though with pockets of “unhealthy for sensitive groups” air showing up in San Jose, Gilroy, Pleasanton and Livermore. Air quality will continue to fluctuate through Friday, but officials are hopeful that a strong weather system “will clean things out” this week and allow the Bay...
    Air quality in five major cities in Oregon was the worst on record as the state continues to be blanketed by thick smoke from wildfires ravaging nearly 5 million acres in the U.S. West, environmental officials in the heavily forested state said. The fires have generated so much smoke that along with hazardous air from California to Washington state, skies above the U.S. capital have also taken on a hazy din, thanks in part to smoke wafting thousands of miles from the West Coast. The unprecedented wildfires – burning across a total of some 4.5 million acres (1.8 million hectares) as of Tuesday – have burned through towns in Oregon while also devouring forests in California, Washington and Idaho. The...
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Dangerously dirty air spewing from the West Coast wildfires is seeping into homes and businesses, sneaking into cars through air conditioning vents and preventing people already shut away by the coronavirus pandemic from enjoying a walk or trip to the park. People in Oregon, Washington state and California have been struggling for a week or longer under some of the most unhealthy air on the planet. The acrid yellow-green smog may linger for days or weeks, scientists and forecasters said. It is also a sign of things to come. With wildfires getting larger and more destructive because of climate change and more people living closer to areas that burn, smoke will likely shroud the sky more often in the future....
    The West Coast fires are impacting MLB’s season down the stretch After the A’s and Mariners played their game on Monday night despite air quality issues, MLB has stepped in and made the right call before Seattle’s next home contest on Tuesday. The Giants and M’s were set to square off tonight, but Rob Manfred won’t let that happen. Player safety must come first in times like this, even if it impacts MLB’s postseason plan just weeks ahead of time. Athletics pitcher Jesus Luzardo was visibly impacted by the air quality last night, and made a comment postgame regarding just how unsafe it is for professional athletes to perform in such conditions. “I’m a healthy 22-year-old,” Luzardo said. “I shouldn’t...
    With air conditions considered “very unhealthy” in the Seattle area on Tuesday and an Air Quality alert in effect in the region until Thursday at noon, the San Francisco Giants are headed back to the Bay Area. A two-game series scheduled to begin Tuesday at T-Mobile Park in Seattle was postponed and the teams are now expected to play the games this week at Oracle Park in San Francisco. The league has not yet determined whether the Giants and Mariners will play a doubleheader on Wednesday or if the teams will take advantage of a mutual off day on Thursday and play one game on each of the next two days. Tuesday’s postponement marks the fourth time...
    In some parts of California, air quality has been recorded above 700; any value over 200 is considered unhealthy or dangerous Forest fires in California, Washington and Oregon, they have aggravated the air quality in cities in these states to levels of pollution that could be unhealthy or dangerous. Last week, the air quality monitoring website IQAir.com, raised to Portland to position number 1 on the list, followed by San Francisco; and Seattle, in position 3. Generally speaking, in Portland, the air quality is 239. While last Friday, San Francisco registered an air quality index of 186; and Seattle, 172. Anything over 200 is considered unhealthy or dangerous. “In some parts of California, the...
    Coronavirus death toll linked to wedding in Maine grows to 7 A year after LGBTQ spat, Chick-fil-A no longer seeking San Antonio airport location Mariners-As games played in poor air quality cause concern: I shouldnt be gasping for air Wildfires are currently raging up and down the West Coast. California is experiencing its worst wildfire season in history, and the air quality has been awful in Seattle due to fires in Washington and Oregon. Yet MLB games have been going forward despite terrible air quality and even ash falling from the sky. Neither MLB nor any West Coast teams have given any explanation for why they’re allowing games to be played in air quality that has been deemed “very...
    PORTLAND, Ore. — Relief from putrid, dangerous air spewing from massive wildfires across the West won’t come until later in the week or beyond, scientists and forecasters say, and the hazy and gunk-filled skies might stick around for even longer. People in Oregon, Washington and parts of California were struggling under acrid yellowish-green smog — the worst, most unhealthy air on the planet according to some measurements. It seeped into homes and businesses, sneaked into cars through air conditioning vents and caused the closure of iconic locations such as Powell’s Books and the Oregon Zoo in Portland, the state’s biggest city. “I don’t think that we should be outside, but at the same time, we’ve been cooped up in...
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The LPGA Tour’s Portland Classic set for this weekend has been reduced to 54 holes because of poor air quality caused by wildfires that have been burning across the West. The course and practice facilities at Columbia Edgewater Country Club remained closed Tuesday and Wednesday’s Pro-AM has been canceled. The air quality in Portland has been at dangerous levels because of the wildfires in Oregon, Washington and California. “Our meteorologist says that it is unlikely that air-quality conditions will improve before midday Thursday, and we cannot risk the health of our players, staff, volunteers, broadcast crew and others at the golf course,” LPGA Chief Tour Operations Officer Heather Daly-Donofrio said in a statement. “This is not...
    Drone footage shows wildfire-scorched Oregon neighborhood As far as the economy goes, we might want to start spelling pandemic with a K Portland LPGA event reduced to 54 holes because of air quality The LPGA has reduced this week’s Cambia Portland Classic from 72 to 54 holes because of the hazardous air quality caused by fires in the Pacific Northwest. © Provided by Golf Channel The event will now be played Friday through Sunday at Columbia Edgewater Country Club in Portland, Oregon. “As we have said throughout recent months, 2020 has been the year of health and safety, and this situation is no different,” said LPGA chief tour operations officer Heather Daly-Donofrio. “Our meteorologist says that it is unlikely...
    PORTLAND, Ore. — Relief from putrid, dangerous air spewing from massive wildfires across the West won’t come until later in the week or beyond, scientists and forecasters say, and the hazy and gunk-filled skies might stick around for even longer. People in Oregon, Washington and parts of California were struggling under acrid yellowish-green smog — the worst, most unhealthy air on the planet according to some measurements. It seeped into homes and businesses, sneaked into cars through air conditioning vents and caused the closure of iconic locations such as Powell’s Books and the Oregon Zoo in Portland, the state’s biggest city. “I don’t think that we should be outside, but at the same time, we’ve been cooped up in the...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Smoke from the historic wildfires burning in the region is expected to return to the Bay Area this weekend after a brief break from the thick haze, according ABC7 News meteorologist Mike Nicco.LIVE: Live Doppler 7 show air quality levels across Bay Area"There's a promise of some cleaner air Thursday and Friday," said Nicco.Nicco's smoke forecast shows the air quality starting to improve on Tuesday and Wednesday in parts of the Bay Area, especially the North Bay.Tuesday morning, the air quality in Santa Rosa and Fairfield went from red, which is unhealthy, to a moderate yellow.The air quality in Concord, Oakland, San Francisco and San Rafael also improved to orange, which is unhealthy for sensitive groups.RELATED:...
    With time running out for teams to complete a full 60-game season, Major League Baseball appears reluctant to postpone or reschedule games for any reason other than positive COVID-19 tests. It seems unhealthy and even hazardous air conditions are not enough for the league to consider keeping teams off the field. As the San Francisco Giants prepare for a two-game series that begins against the Mariners on Tuesday in Seattle, local air conditions remain a serious concern. Wildfires along the west coast in California, Oregon and Washington have led to unhealthy air quality in the Seattle area, but the Mariners and Oakland A’s played a doubleheader at T-Mobile Park on Monday anyway. Online trackers suggested the air...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The Bay Area has been dealing with some of the worst air quality in years thanks to wildfires raging around the region.Track air quality levels where you live with the interactive map below.App users: For a better experience, click here to view the full map in a new windowTake a look at the Latest AccuWeather forecast here to find out when the air will start to clear up.Check here to see how long Spare the Air Alerts will be in effect.App users: For a better experience, click here to view the full map in a new windowRELATED STORIES & VIDEOS: Dramatic photos capture orange, hazy skies seen all across Bay Area BEFORE AND AFTER: DRONEVIEW7...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Smoke from the historic wildfires burning in the region is expected to return to the Bay Area this weekend after a brief break from the thick haze, according ABC7 News meteorologist Mike Nicco.RELATED: LIVE: ABC7 News cameras show air quality improving in parts of Bay Area"There's a promise of some cleaner air Thursday and Friday," said Nicco.Nicco's smoke forecast shows the air quality starting to improve on Tuesday and Wednesday in parts of the Bay Area, especially the North Bay.Tuesday morning, the air quality in Santa Rosa and Fairfield went from red, which is unhealthy, to a moderate yellow.RELATED: What's in wildfire smoke? How it can impact your healthThe air quality in Concord, Oakland, San Francisco...
    (CNN)Oakland A's pitcher Jesús Luzardo said he was "gasping for air" during his start on Monday in Seattle because of poor air quality caused by wildfires that have devastated the region. A smoky haze could be seen in T-Mobile Park for the doubleheader between the A's and Mariners, even though the stadium's retractable roof was closed for the game.The Western US has the worst air quality in the world, group saysLuzardo was pulled from the game after giving up four runs in the fifth inning and the A's ended up losing 6-5. The A's won Game 2 9-0.He didn't blame the air quality for his performance, but said he could feel it on the mound, when asked by reporters."I'm a...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The Bay Area has been dealing with some of the worst air quality in years thanks to wildfires raging around the region.Your are currently looking at the Golden Gate Bridge.LIVE: Track air quality levels where you live hereWatch the latest AccuWeather forecast to find out when the air quality will get better.App users: For a better experience, click here to view the full map in a new windowCheck here to see how long Spare the Air Alerts will be in effect.App users: For a better experience, click here to view the full map in a new windowRELATED STORIES & VIDEOS: Here are all the fires burning in the Bay Area right now BEFORE AND AFTER:...
    An unusual element hung in the air above the Bay Area on Tuesday morning, as the sun strained to show itself through the haze-filled sky that has become the new normal for the region: Hope. “We’re starting to see the initial approach of a new air mass,” National Weather Service meteorologist David King said Tuesday. “It’s really headed toward the Pacific Northwest, but it’s creating a southwesterly flow, and that’s likely to push some of the smoke away.” Forecasters and air quality officials have been waiting for a new pattern to emerge for longer than they care to remember. The skies have been dirty for the past month;  a Spare the Air alert in effect through Wednesday has been active...
    The wildfires that have choked California’s skies with smoke in recent weeks — littering cities with ash, wreaking havoc on regional air quality and transforming the sun into an ominous red orb — have now stretched their sooty tendrils to the other side of the country and beyond. Plumes from deadly and record-breaking fires burning up and down the West Coast are being caught in the atmospheric jet stream and carried across the United States, according to the National Weather Service. There is enough smoke to partially shroud the sun in parts of the East Coast, forecasters said. “Satellite images this morning show smoke aloft moving over much of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic,” the weather service’s Baltimore-Washington office...
    SEATTLE (AP) — Alaska Airlines has suspended all flights in and out of Portland until 3 p.m. Tuesday as wildfire smoke inundates the region. It’s also suspending operations in Spokane and canceling some flights in Eugene, Medford, Redmond, Pasco and Walla Walla. “Across the West, fires are creating thick smoke and haze, causing very poor air quality conditions in the Portland and Spokane areas,” Alaska said in a statement Monday. “We made the difficult decision to stop our operation so that our employees and guests can remain safe.” The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Alaska is the busiest airline serving PDX. The suspension also applies to sister airline Horizon Air. The Port of Portland, which runs the airport, said no other airline has...
    From sea to smokey sea. The deadly and devastating wildfires along the West Coast have been generating massive amounts of smoke that reached the East Coast on Monday. The National Weather Service (NWS) had several forecast offices on Monday note that hazy skies in Virginia, New York, New Jersey and in New England states were from the ongoing blazes. ‘RECORD-SETTING YEAR’ FOR WILDFIRES IS ‘FAR FROM OVER,’ CAL FIRE SPOKESPERSON WARNS "This is smoke lofted well aloft in the atmosphere emanating from the Western U.S. wildfires," the NWS Boston tweeted. The NWS New York forecast office said the smoke has given the sky in the region a "yellow or brown" tinge. The smoke is at 25,000 feet, which forecasters said should not...
    Smoke from the wildfires devastating much of the West Coast reached the Big Apple Tuesday — but the haze is so high in the sky it should not affect air quality. “Widespread haze is likely today in NYC, as a plume of wildfire smoke from Western US wildfires moves overhead,” New York Metro Weather tweeted. “The smoke will remain elevated between 15,000 and 20,000 feet above our heads,” the forecasting service said, stressing that meant that “ground-level air quality effects will be limited.” It was not expected to worsen air quality — listed for New York as excellent on Accuweather — and the main sign of the smoke along with the haze would be a “yellow or brown tinge...
    Smoke from the wildfires devastating much of the West Coast reached the Big Apple Tuesday — but the haze is so high in the sky it should not affect air quality. “Widespread haze is likely today in NYC, as a plume of wildfire smoke from Western US wildfires moves overhead,” New York Metro Weather tweeted. “The smoke will remain elevated between 15,000 and 20,000 feet above our heads,” the forecasting service said, stressing that meant that “ground-level air quality effects will be limited.” It was not expected to worsen air quality — listed for New York as excellent on Accuweather — and the main sign of the smoke along with the haze would be a “yellow or brown tinge” in...
    PALO ALTO, Calif. (KGO) -- Because of the wildfires burning in California and throughout the West, the Bay Area has had nearly a month of spare the air days and it's beginning to take its toll on children.The Air Quality Index was high enough in the Bay Area Monday, that newly resumed kid's activities, shut down again.RELATED: Breathing current Bay Area air compares to smoking '8 cigarettes,' health expert says"I even took some tape and was taping the windows today," said Calvary Presbyterian Nursery School Director, Deb Anaya, who has set up air purifiers all over the school.But on Monday, the third day of the new school year, she made the difficult decision to close school for the day because...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Air quality across the Southland will remain poor at least through Tuesday due to the growing Bobcat Fire, officials said. According to the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD), sensitive groups could encounter issues outdoor in the Antelope Valley. The impacted areas that will have unhealthy air quality for all individuals are as follows: Central Los Angeles County Southeast Los Angeles County East San Fernando Valley West San Fernando Valley West San Gabriel Valley East San Gabriel Valley Pomona/Walnut Valley South San Gabriel Valley South Central Los Angeles County Santa Clarita Valley San Gabriel Mountains Residents are advised to limit their outdoor exposure and avoid strenuous activities until the smoke clears. Everyone, regardless...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- All of this smoke in the Bay Area is having an effect on our health so much so that one doctor says it's like smoking half a pack of cigarettes.RELATED: Bay Area, California hit with some of the worst air quality in the world"There are probably about 200 different types of intoxicants in the air that we are breathing now and we don't know what they are. It can be parts of buildings, paint that is burned, certainly wood but also cars," said Dr. Mark Nicolls, Chief of the Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine Department at Stanford.Dr. Nicolls is urging those in the critical bracket to stay indoors.VIDEO: Bay Area shrouded in smoke as Northern...
    Jesus Luzardo wasn’t happy that his Oakland Athletics and the Seattle Mariners played baseball on Monday in Seattle after the city was in a cloud of smoke due to the Pacific Northwest wildfires. Luzardo, who, tested positive for the coronavirus earlier in the season, voiced his opinion on the situation. MLB BANS ALCOHOL FROM POSTSEASON CELEBRATIONS AMID CORONAVIRUS: REPORT "When I came out, it (the air quality index) was at 284," Luzardo told reporters, according to the Mercury News. "I'm a healthy 22-year-old, I shouldn't be gasping for air or missing oxygen when I'm getting to the line. I'll leave it at that." The roof at T-Mobile Park was closed, but the field was filled with smoke. Athletics center fielder Ramon...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Several coronavirus testing sites in Los Angeles County will be closed on Tuesday due to unhealthy air conditions caused by the Bobcat Fire. L.A. County said the sites at the Pomona Fairplex, San Gabriel Valley Airport, and Panorama City won’t be open until further notice. Air quality has been poor across Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and other surrounding counties for several days now as the Bobcat Fire continues to grow. RELATED: Ferrer: No Reduction In LA County COVID-19 Restrictions Until End Of September At last check, the fire surpassed 33,000 acres and remained at 6% containment with full containment not expected until the end of next month. Health experts encourage residents to stay inside as much...
    ARCADIA (CBSLA) — Santa Anita Park will push the opening day of its autumn season to Sept. 25 due to terrible air quality caused by the Bobcat Fire. Neighborhood residents watch as the Bobcat Fire burns on hillsides behind homes in Arcadia, California on September 13, 2020 prompting mandatory evacuations for residents of several communities living along the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. – California wildfires have shrouded much of the western United States in thick smoke and unhealthy air quality. Of the at least 33 people killed by the blazes since the beginning of summer, 25 died this week alone. Dozens were still missing on September 13. (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images) The racetrack remains...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13/CNN) — Smoke from severe wildfires raging on the West Coast has blown thousands of miles east, reaching parts of the Midwest, Canada, upstate New York and Washington D.C. At least 35 people have died in the fires, the worst of which are burning in California, Oregon and Washington state. They’ve burned over 4.6 million acres in the West, devastating the environment and sullying air quality. Now, smoke from those fires has swept eastward in two large swaths: One has blown across the upper western US to Michigan and the Great Lakes region and over to Rochester, New York. The other has traveled across the southwest through Missouri, Illinois and Kentucky, ending in the Mid-Atlantic, according to the National Oceanic...
    Smoke and ash from the Bobcat fire burning in the Angeles National Forest have blanketed the region for a week, contributing to poor air quality, hazy skies and burning odors. And residents, many of whom were already feeling confined amid stay-at-home orders during the COVID-19 pandemic, say it’s taking a toll. “It’s a boxed-in feeling,” said Carole J. McCoy, an artist who lives in North Hollywood. “Not being able to go outside, because I have asthma and allergies, takes away the one thing that was a sense of freedom and peace.” McCoy said she has lived in L.A. long enough to see and feel “a significant shift in the weather,” and described the air in her neighborhood Monday as a...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- California is dealing with some of the worst air quality on the planet as the Bay Area continues its record-breaking Spare the Air streak with smoke from wildfires blowing over the region, according to ABC7 News meteorologist Mike Nicco.RELATED: West Coast air quality is so bad, you have to drive past Las Vegas to breathe clean air"We had the distinction once again, over the weekend and through this morning, of having some of the worst air quality in the world," said Nicco. We woke up with very unhealthy air in San Francisco."Maps and apps like AirNow, PurpleAir, and IQAir show how bad the air is outside.App users: For a better experience, click here to view the...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Trying to escape the smoke and terrible air quality that's been plaguing the Bay Area for nearly a month? You'd have to take a long road trip.With major wildfires burning up and down the West Coast, air quality ranged from bad to hazardous for all of California, Oregon and Washington Monday. The entire Bay Area's air quality was in the "unhealthy" category, shown as red in the map below. Things were even worse to our north in Oregon, where the Air Quality Index is so high, the air is considered outright hazardous.LIVE: See how smoke from wildfires is impacting San Francisco Bay AreaApp users: For a better experience, click here to view the full map in...
    (CNN)Smoke from severe wildfires raging on the West Coast has blown thousands of miles east, reaching parts of the Midwest, Canada and upstate New York. The Western US has the worst air quality in the world, group saysAt least 35 people have died in the fires, the worst of which are burning in California, Oregon and Washington state. They've burned over 4.6 million acres in the West, devastating the environment and sullying air quality. Now, smoke from those fires has swept eastward in two large swaths: One has blown across the upper western US to Michigan and the Great Lakes region and over to Rochester, New York. The other has traveled across the southwest through Missouri, Illinois and Kentucky,...
    (CNN)Three major US cities being wreathed in smoke from massive wildfires now have the worst air quality of any big cities in the world, according to a monitoring group.The air is so full of smoke in Seattle and San Francisco, it's at "unhealthy" levels according to the Air Quality Index. Wildfire smoke and your health: Do you need to worry?"Everyone may begin to experience some adverse health effects," the EPA says in its description of what that means. "Members of the sensitive groups may experience more serious effects."But in Portland, Oregon, things are significantly worse. The air there is "very unhealthy," meaning that anyone breathing it in, "may experience more serious health effects." According to IQAir, a group which tracks...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Health officials warned San Francisco residents to limit their time outdoors early Monday as a layer of extremely unhealthy air generated by smoke from the wildfires burning across California and the West Coast remained draped overhead. In an alert, officials said the air quality had dipped into the purple level meaning “active youth/adults/people with heart or lung diseases should avoid prolonged outdoor exertion. Everyone else, especially children, should limit outdoor exertion.” It wasn’t just the fires that were causing the drop in air quality. There also was a high pressure system stalled over the region, calming the high altitude winds that normally clear some the smoke for the area. The Air Quality Index levels were...