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Air Quality Due to North Bay Fires

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:

  • Limit outdoor activities to avoid unnecessary exposure  
  • Set air conditioning units and car vent systems to re-circulate to prevent outside air from moving inside (if this is possible)
  • Reduce exposure to smoky air by remaining indoors with windows and doors closed, if possible
  • If you cannot keep windows and doors closed due to high temperatures, seek out cooling centers in your area

For more information on Bay Area Air Quality, please visit this link.