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    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Wildfire smoke from the Glass Fire in Napa County and expected smog has prompted the Bay Area Air Quality Management District to extend its Spare the Air Alert through Monday. Glass Fire burns above Silverado Trail Sunday afternoon, Sept. 27, 2020. (CBS) Air district officials said that smoke from the Glass Fire that broke out Sunday morning will have consequences for the North Bay. In addition, smoke combined with high inland temperatures and vehicle exhaust is expected to cause unhealthy smog accumulation in the Bay Area, mainly in the South and East Bay. The alert means it is illegal for Bay Area residents and businesses to burn wood or manufactured firelogs in fireplaces, woodstoves and...
    Historic wildfires which ravaged California throughout August and September may cause 3,000 early deaths, according to research from academics at Stanford University.   This year there have been over 8,100 wildfires that have burned well over 3.7 million acres in California. Since August 15, when California's fire activity elevated, there have been 26 fatalities and over 7,000 structures destroyed.  On Sunday, 17,000 firefighters were still at work, battling 25 wildfires in the state.  Now academics have concluded that the wildfires, from August 1 to September 10, were responsible already for at least 1,200 deaths in California - and may, over the next month, cause a total of 3,000 deaths. The fires were also to blame for 4,800 ER visits, they calculated.  ...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Hazy and smoky skies returned to the Bay Area Sunday due to the Glass Fire that sparked overnight in Napa County.ABC7's Lisa Argen says smoke from that wildfire is moving to the southeast.RELATED: Glass Fire grows to 800 acres, mandatory evacuations underway in parts of Napa CountyStrong northeasterly winds are pushing smoke towards the town of St. Helena and across Highway 29 and 12 in the direction of the towns of Penngrove & Forest Knolls.The smoke then is being steered offshore by Inverness. Air quality is deteriorating in the North Bay while smoke from the August Complex Fire is also being transported South.The East Bay and South Bay will also see haze Sunday as a Spare...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A Spare the Air Alert has been issued for Bay Area on Sunday due to wildfire smoke, high temps and smog. A #SparetheAir Alert has been issued for tmrw, 9/27. Wildfire smoke with high inland temperatures and vehicle exhaust are expected to cause unhealthy smog, or ozone. Protect your health by limiting outdoor activity during the hottest part of the day. https://t.co/wbkYMspD80. pic.twitter.com/PTuQmXGGna— Spare The Air (@SpareTheAir) September 26, 2020App users: For a better experience, click here to view the full map in a new windowWhat are Spare the Air days?Air quality in the Bay Area can be unhealthy at times throughout the year.Spare the Air Alerts are called when ozone pollution is forecast to reach...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A Spare the Air Alert has been issued for Bay Area on Sunday due to wildfire smoke, high temps, and smog. A #SparetheAir Alert has been issued for tmrw, 9/27. Wildfire smoke with high inland temperatures and vehicle exhaust are expected to cause unhealthy smog, or ozone. Protect your health by limiting outdoor activity during the hottest part of the day. https://t.co/wbkYMspD80. pic.twitter.com/PTuQmXGGna— Spare The Air (@SpareTheAir) September 26, 2020App users: For a better experience, click here to view the full map in a new windowWhat are Spare the Air days?Air quality in the Bay Area can be unhealthy at times throughout the year.Spare the Air Alerts are called when ozone pollution is forecast to reach...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A Spare the Air Alert has been issued in the Bay Area for Sunday due to wildfire smoke, hot inland temperatures and smog. A #SparetheAir Alert has been issued for tmrw, 9/27. Wildfire smoke with high inland temperatures and vehicle exhaust are expected to cause unhealthy smog, or ozone. Protect your health by limiting outdoor activity during the hottest part of the day. https://t.co/wbkYMspD80. pic.twitter.com/PTuQmXGGna— Spare The Air (@SpareTheAir) September 26, 2020App users: For a better experience, click here to view the full map in a new windowWhat are Spare the Air days?Air quality in the Bay Area can be unhealthy at times throughout the year.Spare the Air Alerts are called when ozone pollution is forecast...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A Spare the Air Alert has been issued for Sunday due to wildfire smoke, hot inland temperatures and smog. A #SparetheAir Alert has been issued for tmrw, 9/27. Wildfire smoke with high inland temperatures and vehicle exhaust are expected to cause unhealthy smog, or ozone. Protect your health by limiting outdoor activity during the hottest part of the day. https://t.co/wbkYMspD80. pic.twitter.com/PTuQmXGGna— Spare The Air (@SpareTheAir) September 26, 2020App users: For a better experience, click here to view the full map in a new windowWhat are Spare the Air days?Air quality in the Bay Area can be unhealthy at times throughout the year.Spare the Air Alerts are called when ozone pollution is forecast to reach unhealthy levels....
    Yosemite National Park will reopen to the public Friday morning following a weeklong closure due to significant smoke impacts from California’s wildfires. The popular national park will welcome guests once again starting at 9 a.m., the National Park Service (NPS) said in a statement, citing improved air quality conditions. California’s largest national park closed Sept. 17 due to hazardous air quality and smoke impacts, as wildfires burned through the state. Looking ahead, officials will continue to monitor air quality through Yosemite and may intermittently close parts of the park – or the entire park altogether – pending any changes that impact public health. The NPS said it will continue to confer with local and federal public health experts during...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Track air quality levels where you live with the interactive map below.Track air quality levels where you live with Live Doppler 7 in the media player above and in 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.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 VIDEOS: Apocalyptic orange skies seen across Bay Area from wildfire smoke Purifiers and filters: Air quality experts...
    SONOMA COUNTY, Calif. (KGO) -- Fall should be the best time of year in Sonoma's Wine Country, but if you looked around Sonoma Square today, you might think otherwise. It's mostly empty.In the tasting room at the Ledson Hotel, nary a soul, except for the staff and the owner."I have never seen it like this," said Steve Ledson. He's 5th generation of the family that first planted grapes in this valley, now dealing with a fall season he'd rather forget, but will need to remember. Even now, Steve and other growers are dealing with the aftermath of our smoky September."You have to be prepared for the worst. You cannot run this business on a year-to-year basis," Steve said.RELATED: First came...
    The Bobcat Fire burns in the Angeles National Forest in Los Angeles, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020.Ringo Chiu/Zuma For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis, the election, and more, subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter.In mid-August, the most destructive wildfire season in California history seemed to peak over a deadly 48-hour period. Between the evenings of August 16 and August 18, five of the 20 largest ever fires began to spread across the state. With the addition of the Creek Fire two weeks later, six record-breaking infernos were spreading simultaneously. At varying degrees of containment, they still are. With the wildfire season only half over, it is difficult to tally all the damage. Last year, the fire season was one 26th...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – After several days of clear skies and clean air, the possibility of wildfire smoke has prompted an Air Quality Advisory for the Bay Area on Friday. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District issued the advisory on Thursday, as smoke from the August Complex Fire burning in the Mendocino National Forest is expected to drift into the North Bay and parts of the East Bay, causing hazy skies. Officials stressed that AQI levels are expected to remain in the good to moderate range, but officials said they would continue to monitor air quality throughout the region. A Spare the Air alert has not been issued. Smoke from massive wildfires burning in the Bay Area and...
    PALO ALTO, Calif. (KGO) -- The Bay Area's record-breaking streak of poor air quality could cost thousands of lives, according to a new calculation by Stanford researchers.Marshall Burke, an associate professor of earth system science at the university, looked at extensive research on the effects of wildfire pollutants in the air in connection to increase deaths in the elderly population. Between Aug. 1 and Sept. 10, he predicts at least 1,200 additional deaths and 4,800 ER visits in California due to the wildfire smoke."So, we're not measuring fatality rates in real-time, we're saying we know how much worse the air quality got, we know based on 20 years of Medicare data if you change the air quality that much, how...
    YOSEMITE (CBS SF) — Officials in Yosemite National Park announced Tuesday that the park will reopen to all visitors Friday morning after an over week-long closure due to wildfire smoke and hazardous air quality. Smoke from the Creek Fire and other wildfires has been impacting visitors to the park since Labor Day Weekend. The park has been shut down since last Thursday due to hazardous air. ALSO READ: Smoke Plume Casts Martian Like Glow Over Yosemite National Park The park will reopen gates to visitors at 9 a.m. on September 25. Some visitor services will be available at that time, while other services will open incrementally over the weekend. Campsites in Yosemite Valley will be available for incoming campers beginning...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Enjoy the comfortable weather because it's going to be really hot and hazy in the Bay Area this weekend. ABC7 News Meteorologist Drew Tuma is tracking another triple-digit heat wave heading our way."The air quality will start to decline on Friday as we heat up over the weekend," said Tuma.LIVE: Track Bay Area air quality levelsTuma's AccuWeather forecast shows temperatures soaring into the 100s for at least three days starting on Sunday.A Fire Weather Watch will go into effect from Saturday 11 a.m. until 8 a.m. Monday for the North Bay mountains, East Bay hills and East Bay inland neighborhoods, says Tuma."We are tracking offshore winds developing out of the north northeast that could gust as...
    DENVER (CBS4) – Fall arrived in Colorado at 7:31 a.m. Tuesday with temperatures feeling more like late summer. The morning low in Denver was 56 degrees which is 10 degrees above normal for September 22. And check out the radar snapshot above from early Tuesday afternoon! It looks like something we’d see during the heart of monsoon season, which runs from late July through most of August. Scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected in Colorado’s mountains this afternoon and some could even last into the evening. A few may try and drift from the foothills into Denver and onto the eastern plains. However the air near the surface is pretty dry across the lower elevations so showers may have...
    By Ray Sanchez | CNN It’s not just the nearly 7,900 wildfires that have consumed more than 3.4 million acres and claimed 26 lives in California that have Arthur Gies looking online for apartments in New York. “It’s not necessarily this year of wildfires so much as the dam breaking on the realization that this is not just the new normal but just a prelude to what’s coming,” the 39-year-old Oakland resident says. “And just being sort of tired of this being normal.” The website editor and video game consultant has lived in Northern and Southern California his entire life. As a teenager in the San Diego area, he was familiar with the stench of smoke and flakes of ash...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – After a clear couple of days, we are going to see a return of the smoke from the western wildfires. You may remember last week when the sky had a milky to orange hue and the sun had an odd appearance near sunrise and sunset. That was also smoke from the fires out west. (Photo Credit: Ray Petelin) The smoke this week doesn’t look to be as intense, but it will be seen in the upper levels, starting Tuesday afternoon and lasting to the end of the week, when we see the upper level wind patterns shift, clearing us out again. (Photo Credit: KDKA) The smoke is very high in the atmosphere, so it will not cause...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Just as the wildfire smoke leaves the Bay Area, a dry offshore flow is expected to bring critical fire weather conditions across much of the region, says ABC7 News meteorologist Lisa Argen."It's the last day of summer and we are getting into a cooling trend beginning today, that's the good news," Argen said. "A stronger onshore flow will allow for some better air quality."But by the end of the week, more drying winds are expected out of the north northeast.Argen's AccuWeather forecast shows temperatures will continue to climb on Saturday and Sunday, "maybe 15 to 20 degrees above average and that means the hills of the North and East Bay could see gusty offshore winds with...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Just as the wildfire smoke leaves the Bay area, a dry offshore flow is expected to bring critical fire weather conditions across much of the region, says ABC7 News meteorologist Lisa Argen."It's the last day of summer and we are getting into a cooling trend beginning today, that's the good news," said Argen. "A stronger onshore flow will allow for some better air quality."But by the end of the week, more drying winds are expected out of the north northeast.Argen's AccuWeather forecast shows temperatures will continue to climb on Saturday and Sunday, "maybe 15 to 20 degrees above average and that means the hills of the North and East Bay could see gusty offshore winds with...
    California’s Bobcat fire is one of the largest blazes in the history of Los Angeles County — torching more than 103,000 acres and setting off a rare “firenado” captured on video. As of Sunday, the fire had consumed 103,135 acres since breaking out over the Labor Day weekend, according to The Los Angeles Times. That makes it comparable to the 1970 Clampitt fire that scorched some 105,000 acres and killed four people in the San Fernando Valley, the broadsheet reported. The 2009 Station fire, the largest ever recorded in Los Angeles County, laid waste to 160,000 acres, killed two firefighters and destroyed over 200 structures, the report said. Only 15 percent of the Bobcat fire is considered contained, and it...
    California’s Bobcat fire is one of the largest blazes in the history of Los Angeles County — torching more than 103,000 acres and setting off a rare “firenado” captured on video. As of Sunday, the fire had consumed 103,135 acres since breaking out over the Labor Day weekend, according to The Los Angeles Times. That makes it comparable to the 1970 Clampitt fire that scorched some 105,000 acres and killed four people in the San Fernando Valley, the broadsheet reported. The 2009 Station fire, the largest ever recorded in Los Angeles County, laid waste to 160,000 acres, killed two firefighters and destroyed over 200 structures, the report said. Only 15 percent of the Bobcat fire is considered contained, and it...
    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. Though don't get too comfortable. Here's when the smoke is expected to return.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.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:...
    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...
    DENVER (CBS4) – Fall will officially arrive Tuesday of this week but it will still feel like late summer. High temperatures around Colorado will run anywhere from 5 to 15 degrees above normal for this time of year. Several large wildfires continue to burn in northern Colorado and southern Wyoming right now and that means the smoke is still around. It will ebb and flow as surface wind patterns shift but overall we expect it to make a return to Denver and the Front Range. As of this posting there are air quality alerts in effect for extreme northern Colorado. These could expand, possibly back into metro Denver, over the next few days. Looking ahead there is...
    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...
    Ruth Bader Ginsburg to be honored with statue in Brooklyn, her birthplace: Cuomo Chain restaurants in the financial danger zone Silicon Valley IPOs are being celebrated in parking lots and conference rooms, as CEOs navigate pandemic and wildfire smoke During the busiest IPO week of the year, tech companies found ways to get their employees involved in virtual settings. Unity CEO John Riccitiello addressed employees from his office in San Francisco, but there were some technical glitches at the NYSE. Sumo Logic and JFrog replicated the Nasdaq podium in their parking lots.  © Provided by CNBC Sumo Logic CEO Ramin Sayar on IPO day There were masked parking lot festivities, Times Square replicas and virtual bell ringings....
    Protesters flooded the streets of Portland again on Friday night after dangerous smoke from wildfires on the West Coast had halted demonstrations in the area, according to Portland Police. Police have reported that the protesters were "engaged in criminal activity, including throwing items at officers." Authorities used smoke to disperse the crowd and law enforcement may have also deployed tear gas. The Portland Police Department is prohibited from using chemical agents, but federal officers are not banned from using the substances. Police arrested 11 people, most of whom were charged with disorderly conduct. The new wave of protests comes as Portland Police have reported a shortage of manpower and resources to handle continuous demonstrations. This latest protest revived a series of...
    DENVER (CBS4) – Happy Saturday! We’re tracking a weather system to the northwest of Colorado today. Over the next 24 hours it will pass through Wyoming. It is close enough that we will feel it but unfortunately it will not bring any significant change to the state. One thing you will notice is less smoke in the air as we go through the weekend. Central and eastern Colorado remain under an Air Quality Alert through this afternoon. The reason for the less smoke will be the wind. West to southwest winds aloft and southerly winds at the surface today should help scour a lot of the smoke out of the air. But the wind will also mean elevated...
    For weeks, millions of Californians were smothered by smoke from a record explosion of wildfires burning through grass, shrubs, conifer forests, houses and mobile home parks. Eyes watered. Lungs burned. Skies glowed orange. People suffered sore throats, headaches and chest pains. Many cloistered themselves indoors as pollution spiked to “hazardous” levels, or worse, on the Air Quality Index. While most people were not threatened directly by fires burning up and down the West Coast, smoke transported health dangers to nearly every corner of the state. State air quality officials are aware of no precedent for so many people breathing such high levels of wildfire smoke for so long. Even as air quality begins to improve, many remain worried about long-term...
    (Images courtesy of NASA Earth Observatory) The catastrophic wildfires on the West Coast have generated an enormous amount of smoke that have darkened skies across the Bay Area and ruined the air quality around other cities. Prevailing winds have carried that smoke across the United States where it ran into another hazard — Hurricanes Paulette and Sally. Over a three-day span shown in these images that started Sept. 14, the hurricanes initially kept the skies on the East Coast clear, but as the smoke moved forward, Paulette blocked the smoke and kept it in the Northeast, according to NASA’s Earth Observatory. By Sept. 16, the storm system dissipated and the plume moved farther into the Atlantic. Elsewhere, the NASA...
    BEAVERCREEK, Ore. (AP) — They work 50 hours at a stretch and sleep on gymnasium floors. Exploding trees shower them with embers. They lose track of time when the sun is blotted out by smoke, and they sometimes have to run for their lives from advancing flames. Firefighters trying to contain the massive wildfires in Oregon, California and Washington state are constantly on the verge of exhaustion as they try to save suburban houses, including some in their own neighborhoods. Each home or barn lost is a mental blow for teams trained to protect lives and property. And their own safety is never assured. Oregon firefighter Steve McAdoo’s shift on Sept. 7 seemed mostly normal, until late evening, when the...
    By KATHERYN HOUGHTON, Kaiser Health News SEELEY LAKE, Mont. (AP) — When researchers arrived in this town tucked in the Northern Rockies three years ago, they could still smell the smoke a day after it cleared from devastating wildfires. Their plan was to chart how long it took for people to recover from living for seven weeks surrounded by relentless smoke. They still don’t know, because most residents haven’t recovered. In fact, they’ve gotten worse. Forest fires had funneled hazardous air into Seeley Lake, a town of fewer than 2,000 people, for 49 days. The air quality was so bad that on some days the monitoring stations couldn’t measure the extent of the pollution. The intensity of the smoke and...
    As wildfires continue burning across California, medical experts are warning that smoke inhalation can weaken the immune system and make people more vulnerable to respiratory infections, including the novel coronavirus. The Centers for Disease Control says wildfire smoke can irritate the lungs, cause inflammation, and make a person more prone to lung infections, including SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. In Southern California, the South Coast Air Quality Management District has issued unhealthy to hazardous air quality alerts and smoke advisories in San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange, and Los Angeles counties. Hospitals across the state already have seen an increase in emergency room visits and admissions from patients experiencing exacerbation an of asthma symptoms due to smoke exposure, said Dr. Thomas...
    Smoke from the wildfires that are scorching the West Coast could increase the risk of dying from the coronavirus, disturbing new research suggests. Wildfires smoke contains a mixture of many pollutants — including tiny particles that are also belched out of cars and power plants, KGTV reported. Harvard researchers concluded in April that even “a small increase in long-term exposure” to that kind of pollution led to an 8 percent increase in the COVID-19 death rate. “It’s a threat amplifier,” Dr. Abisola Olulade of the San Diego-based Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group told the station. Once inhaled, smoke particles can travel inside the lungs and eventually enter the bloodstream, potentially leading to blood clots and more inflammation in COVID-19 patients, Olulade...
    The West Coast’s wildfire crisis is no longer just the West Coast’s wildfire crisis: As massive blazes continue to burn across California, Oregon, and Washington, they’re spewing smoke high into the atmosphere. Winds pick the haze up and transport it clear across the country, tainting the skies above the East Coast. But what are you breathing, exactly, when these forests combust and waft smoke near and far? Charred trees and shrubs, of course, but also the synthetic materials from homes and other structures lost in the blazes. Along with a variety of gases, these give off tiny particles, known as PM 2.5 (particulate matter 2.5 microns or smaller), that weasel their way deep into human lungs. All told, the mixture...
    The world's worst air this week is not in pollution hot spots like India or China. It's in the western United States, where record-breaking wildfires are blanketing the region with smoke. Portland, Oregon, has topped the air pollution charts for major cities this week at monitoring company IQAir.com. The San Francisco Bay area on Thursday emerged from 30 consecutive days under an unhealthy-air alert. It's the longest stretch on record. The previous record was 14 days, also during wildfires in 2018. From the United States to Brazil to Australia to the Arctic, climate change is helping drive an increase in wildfires and the pollution they generate. Scientists know air pollution can be deadly. One major study found exposure to fine...
    DENVER (CBS4)– With so many fires in Colorado and the West, there has been a lot of smoke in the air this summer. Some people may be experiencing breathing issues or cold-like symptoms. (credit: CBS) The question is, are the symptoms related to smoke or COVID-19? A pulmonologist at National Jewish Health said to pay attention to how long you are feeling sick or coughing. “If you’re someone who exercises, you notice yourself coughing and you don’t feel sick beyond what you would expect, then you’re probably okay,” said Dr. Anthony Gerber at National Jewish Health. (credit: CBS) RELATED: Air Quality Unhealthy For Everyone As Wildfire Smoke Gets Worse In Colorado The air quality along the Front...
    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...
    Telling the difference between early symptoms of coronavirus and those of smoke inhalation due to exposure during wildfires can be challenging, but it is imperative to recognize signs of both, experts caution. “It can be really difficult to differentiate between symptoms due to wildfire smoke exposure and early or mild COVID-19 infections, which is why if you are even a little concerned that new symptoms could indicate a COVID-19 infection you should definitely talk to a health care provider to help you determine if you should get tested," Dr. Stephanie Christenson, assistant professor division of pulmonary, critical care, allergy and sleep medicine, department of medicine University of California, San Francisco, told Fox News in an email. The overlap of coronavirus pandemic and the outbreak...
    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 inside along the West Coast, residents thousands of miles 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 New...
    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...
    Over the last several weeks, record-setting wildfires - fueled by winds, dry conditions and climate change - have been ravaging the West Coast. California has borne the brunt with more than 3.2 million acres of forest and grassland burned, but devastating flames have also swept across Oregon, Washington and other nearby states. Smoke wafted into cities such as Portland and Seattle, with agencies deeming their air quality last weekend worse than any other major metropolitan area in the world - and the smoke as spread as far as Washington, DC and Northern Europe. At least 35 people have died, tens of thousands of residents have been evacuated from their homes, and hundreds of houses and businesses have been destroyed. But...
    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...
    By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press 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 inside along the West Coast, residents thousands of miles 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...
    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...
    By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press 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 inside along the West Coast, residents thousands of miles 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...
    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 inside along the West Coast, residents thousands of miles 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...
    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...
    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...
    By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - The splitting headaches began when smoke from wildfires rolled in around Tim Hunt's suburban Seattle home. Next came a debilitating fatigue. As deadly wildfires rage across the U.S. West, Hunt and others are struggling with some of the world's worst air pollution. "I get out of bed to eat and drink water, and go back to bed," said the 64-year-old retired software engineer, who suffered lung damage in 2017 from a bad case of the flu. "It’s like there’s not enough oxygen in the air." Enormous plumes of ash and smoke have spread from the region, where nearly 5 million acres were ablaze on Tuesday, compounding the public health crisis of the coronavirus...
    A neighbor helps a family remove animals from their home in Yucaipa, California, on Sunday, September 6, 2020.Terry Pierson/Zuma For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis, the election, and more, subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter.Unless you were living under a rock, you saw photos last week of the skies over the San Francisco Bay Area that looked ripped from an apocalyptic fantasy: they were a deep, irradiated orange that didn’t look like any specific time of day. San Jose at noon today. Red dot is the (blocked out) sun. I think all of California is resembling hell at this point ???? pic.twitter.com/c33q2hTp1x — Charlotte Pullman (Manton) (@CharManton_dtLA) September 9, 2020 For the previous month, massive wildfires—including six of the...
    The Almeda Fire ripped through Talent, Ore., last week, leaving a surreal path of destruction in its wake as a rash of wildfires continued to plague the West Coast. Somber drone footage supplied by Reuters shows flattened homes, burned automobiles and a blanket of ash flanking lifeless, empty streets. And it shows trails of powdery red fire retardant, dropped from aircraft to try and contain the fire, littering the community. Even buildings that survived stood against a gray, smoke-filled backdrop and other devastation. DEMOCRATS SAY CLIMATE CHANGE CAUSED WILDFIRE EXPLOSION IN THE WEST. DID IT? What was once a small suburb in southwest Oregon became a wasteland. This photo taken by Talent, Ore., resident Kevin Jantzer shows the destruction of his...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Wildfire smoke may have kept Bay Area residents indoors Labor Day weekend, possibly preventing a future spike in COVID-19 numbers.Leading up to Labor Day weekend officials warned of increased coronavirus risks, but large Labor Day gatherings may not have occurred in part due to the wildfires and poor air quality.RELATED: Combo of large gatherings, hot weekend raises concern of COVID-19 spikeABC7 News data journalists analyzed mobility data from mobile devices. Looking at the typical distance traveled by residents on Labor Day for each of the Bay Area's nine counties, the distance traveled is especially low.The lowest distance traveled was for people living in Alameda County, with the typical person traveling less than 1/4 of a mile....
    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...
    Alaska Air temporarily suspended flights into Portland, Oregon, and Spokane, Washington, over concerns about wildfire smoke blanketing the Northwest. "Across the West, fires are creating thick smoke and haze, causing very poor air quality conditions in the Portland and Spokane areas. We made the difficult decision to stop our operation so that our employees and guests can remain safe," the airline said in a blog post on Monday. Flights were set to resume at 3 p.m. Pacific Time, the airline said.  Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox The cancellations are just the latest example of the disruption caused by historic wildfires across California. Many West Coast residents have been struggling for a week or longer under some...
    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...
    Smoke from wildfires in the western United States has spread to Washington, D.C. CBS affiliate WUSA reports the smoke could be seen at the National Mall on Monday morning.  Images of the hazy sky and bright orange sun were captured by WUSA reporter Mike Valerio. "NWS says this is smoke caught in the jet stream and moving overhead at about 20,000 to 25,000 feet," he tweeted Monday.  Crazy — Smoke from West Coast wildfires seen over the Lincoln Memorial here in Washington DC. NWS says this is smoke caught in the jet stream and moving overhead at about 20,000 to 25,000 feet @WUSA9 @CBSNews @capitalweather #WUSA9Weather #dcwx pic.twitter.com/VRGevOwHhE— Mike Valerio (@MikevWUSA) September 14, 2020 The National Weather Service Baltimore-Washington tweeted...
    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:...
    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:...
    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...
    A DAD who didn’t recognize his severely burnt wife lying in the road as she tried to escape Oregon’s wildfire hell tragically later learnt his son and mom-in-law were also killed. Brave Wyatt Tofte, 13, had tried to drive his grandma, Peggy - who had a broken leg - and his dog, Duke, away from the flames, but all were found perished in a car. 8Devastated: Dad Chris Tofte during the search for his missing boy, Wyatt, and mother-in-law, PeggyCredit: AP:Associated Press 8Brave teen Wyatt was trying to drive his grandma and dog, Duke, to safetyCredit: GoFundMe 8Fires have been raging across some 4.5 million acres (1.8m hectares) in Oregon, California and WashingtonCredit: Represented by ZUMA Press, Inc. 8Red sky...
    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...
    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...
    NEW YORK -- Smoke from the West Coast wildfires has reached the East Coast.The New York City sky was hazy on Monday as a result of the smoke becoming caught in the jet streams and traveling to the East Coast.RELATED: Here's when Bay Area air quality will improve and when rain may move inWith the Canadian dry air mass heading towards New York, the state would typically see cobalt-blue skies, but instead, it will be cloudy and hazy.The area will deal with that in varying degrees over the next couple of days."Even though we have a sunny and dry forecast coming up, don't be surprised if it's more of a milky sun, or filtered sun," Meteorologist Lee Goldberg said.WATCH: Dramatic...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — This afternoon’s cloudy skies weren’t because of water. (Photo Credit: KDKA) The cloudy look in the Pittsburgh-area sky was because of smoke that traveled nearly the entire country. The smoke from the wildfires out west is caught up in the upper-level winds of the atmosphere, pushing it overhead. This is what was to blame for the white to brownish hue of the sky. These conditions will likely carry through Tuesday and possibly into Wednesday. Curious as to why the sky has a milky-brownish tint to it today? It is smoke from the fires occurring across the western U.S. that has moved overhead with the upper level winds. And you can expect it to persist into Tuesday, as...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- The wildfires out west have been burning for several weeks and now.The fires have demolished millions of acres across California, Oregon and Washington and has created clouds of smoke that have travelled for miles.Some of the smoke has even made its way to the Chicago area.Some observed hazy skies Monday that have their origins in the wildfires out west.If you look between the low level clouds, you should be able to see blue skies but that smoke has turned the sky a grayish white.Most of the smoke seen Monday is from the wildfires that have devastated Oregon.Prevailing upper level winds have carried that smoke eastward.While the thickest smoke is in Southern Canada, there is still plenty of...