Heavy smoke from wildfires in the North Bay counties is causing very unhealthy air quality throughout the region (including here in Martinez). Smoke can irritate the eyes and airways, causing coughing, a scratchy throat and irritated sinuses. Elevated particulate matter in the air can trigger wheezing in those who suffer from asthma, emphysema or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Per the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, Bay Area residents impacted by wildfire smoke are advised to:
For more information on Bay Area Air Quality, please visit this link.