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Smoke, haze from Camp Fire hangs over the Bay Area

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Heavy smoke from Butte County’s catastrophic camp Fire cloaked the Bay Area in a thick haze on Friday, prompting some schools in the region to close , high school football games to be postponed and air quality control officials to warn the public to stay indoors as much as possible with the doors and windows closed.

By late Friday afternoon, low visibility at San Francisco International Airport was causing average delays of 1 uur en 53 minuten voor aankomstvluchten, evenals sommige geannuleerde vluchten, volgens de Federal Aviation Administration. Airports in Oakland and San Jose were less backed up, with average delays of about 1

5 minutes or less.

A Spare Air Alert, first issued Thursday night, is expected to remain in effect through Monday at least, as the region’s air quality reached unhealthy levels. Hazy skies obscured views of the bay and the mountains, and the smell of smoke permeated the air from Palo Alto to Fremont, and San Francisco to San Jose.

Northeasterly winds are forecast to blow smoke all weekend long into the region, where

“I walked out of my by this morning,” said lawyer Kia Holsey, whose home in Hayward is more than 175 miles from Chico, where the fire had spread, “and it was like the fire was two blocks away.”

In an unprecedented move, the North Coast Section posted about 75 percent of the high school football playoff games from Friday to Monday because of unhealthy air.

The postponed games include Monte Vista at San Ramon Valley, San Leandro at California and Benicia at Bishop O’Dowd.

All Santa Rosa City Schools and Petaluma City Schools have Been canceled due to the unhealthy air, according to KGO TV.

In the West Contra Costa Unified School District, outdoor activities have been canceled at all 54 schools today. recess, lunch and PE class will all be brought inside.

“We put out a notice that while the air quality is unhealthy we want to keep them inside as much as possible. As winds change we may put out a new direction to our school sites, “said spokesperson Marcus Walton told KGO.

Meanwhile, officials are monitoring the air quality for high school playoff football games scheduled all over the Bay Area on Friday night. In addition, Stanford is playing host to Oregon State on Saturday night.

As long as the alert lasts, residents should refrain from activities that would make the air worse, such as lawn mowing, leaf blowing, driving, and barbecuing. Burning wood, firelogs, pellets, or any other solid fuel in your fireplace, wood stove, or other wood-burning device is illegal during a Winter Spare Air Alert.

“The smoke sucks,” said Kelly Rice, a UC -Berkeley student who wore a mask on Friday morning to reduce the particulate matter.

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