In the News: Wildfires Burning in NorCal, Air Quality Alerts, Smoke Health Concerns

In the News: Wildfires Burning in NorCal, Air Quality Alerts, Smoke Health Concerns

a look at all the wildfires burning in northern california plus what does wildfire smoke do to your health matt and more news coming up [Music] hey everyone quick update on the poor air quality situation in the bay area a spare the air alert has been issued for thursday and friday this happens when the region’s air quality is projected to exceed the federal health standard under this alert wood burning is illegal and people are encouraged to avoid being outdoors by the way the air quality advisory has also been extended through friday speaking of the smoke moving into the bay area here’s a map of all the wildfires currently burning in northern california so you get some geographical perspective this map of course includes the dixie fire that started in butte county july 13th that has now expanded to three other counties burning over 678 000 acres so far it’s currently 35 contained the dixie fire is the largest single wildfire in state history okay so we know we’re breathing unhealthy air right now but what exactly does wildfire smoke do to our health a bay area pulmonologist says depending on how long you’re outside it could mean you’re smoking like four cigarettes a day doctor what do you compare this to is it like smoking a cigarette by being outside for for 20 minutes or 45 minutes yeah that’s uh there’s a actually an app that can tell you how many cigarettes you’ve smoked in a day uh if you spend time outside so an air quality index of a hundred is about the equivalent of smoking somewhere between one to four cigarettes depending on how long you’re outside and that poor your quality dr chintz roger recommends you minimize your time and exposure outdoors all right guys that’s all i’ve got for you today stay safe out there [Music] you
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In the News: Wildfires Burning in NorCal, Air Quality Alerts, Smoke Health Concerns

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