Wine country wildfires create hazardous air conditions for Bay Area residents

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Earlier accounts from fire officials were corrected on Wednesday by Merced County CalFire officials, who said no grass was burned at the former air base, according to Battalion Chief Brian Neely. Over 80 flights from San Francisco International Airport were cancelled on Wednesday due to smoky conditions. "Normally on these training burns, they'll do a test fire". The Sun-Star's original post has also been removed from Facebook. The Atlas Peak fire north of Napa has burned at least 42,000 acres, and the Tubbs fire near Santa Rosa another 27,000.

Gov. Jerry Brown issued a state of emergency Monday for Napa and Sonoma counties, among others, where 70-mile-an-hour winds fanned some of the largest fires.


The Northern California region is now burning out of control with dozens of fires sweeping across Sonoma, Napa and Solano Counties, just north of where multiple professional sports teams set up shop.

According to officials, the smoke is the result of a wind shift that is pushing smoke from the Bay area fires, and a couple of prescribed burns in Madera County, into the Fresno area.


The five highest readings on the Environmental Protection Agency's Air Quality Index in its 5 a.m. update on Thursday were in the Bay Area.

"The North Bay fires have devastated families, homes, businesses, and schools across the region and as first responders work tirelessly to put out the fires and aid those in need, Bay Area sports teams are unified in supporting relief efforts."
Windows and doors should be kept closed to prevent indoor air from becoming dirty.


This report has been corrected from an earlier version.

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