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Public schools across the Bay Area will be closed on Friday due to smoke hazards

A smoky blow from fires hides Embarcadero on Thursday, November 15, 2018 in San Francisco. Recurrent fires are causing concern…

Bay Area air quality has deteriorated to yet unhealthy levels as smoke from Camp Fire settled over the region on Thursday, leading to dozens of school districts closing the rest of the week.

All public schools in San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Solano and Marin counties interrupted Friday courses, referring to poor air quality. Schools in Santa Clara County will be open, but interrupt outdoor activities or move them indoors.

In Napa County, the Napa Valley Unified School District was closed. In San Mateo County, decisions were made to close schools at the school and published on the county’s education website.

“We understand that closing schools place a burden on some of our families. We have given this decision a careful consideration,” said San Francisco Superintendent Dr. Vincent Matthews in a statement. “We have heard from many employees and families across the city to indoor air quality has deteriorated during the week and we want to ensure that our employees and students work and learn in healthy conditions. “

Earlier Thursday, the National Weather Service issued a forecast that predicts that smoke would remain in the area by next week. 19659012] Data from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District show that San Francisco and parts of East Bay renamed “red” to “purple” levels, indicating that particulate matter may affect the respiratory conditions of all residents.

The University of San Francisco closed down all three of their campus in northern california on thursday afternoon and officials of city college N in San Francisco said the campus closes at 3.30 pm Thursday.

On Wednesday, California State University, East Bay, San Francisco State University and San Jose State University issued statements interrupt classes.

The San Francisco Metropolitan Transit Authority also announced on Thursday afternoon that they would pull all cable cars from service due to poor air quality. Bus shuttles will replace these lines.

Officials warned residents to stay indoors, and those who go outside should have N95 masks.

The city has created a map of filtered air protection, including branches in the San Francisco Public Library and Westfield San Francisco Center.

A “Save-the-Air” warning that informs residents of burning wood has been extended to Tuesday. Violators can be fined $ 500.

Ashley McBride and Gwendolyn Wu are the San Francisco Chronicle staff writers. E-mail: [email protected] and [email protected] Twitter: @ashleynmcb @gwendolynawu

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