Lighter winds in the valley bring less smoke, moderate air quality


A health caution was issued Valley-wide on Tuesday by the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District as smoke from the wildfires blazing around California drifted into Merced and surrounding areas. In Napa, the air quality index was 174 by 1 p.m. PT and forecast to reach a "very unhealthy" level of 210.

"Our district, school, and athletic administrators have been monitoring the communications from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District the past few days in response to the local air quality being effected by the wildfires in the North Bay". Older adults, pregnant women, children and those with preexisting heart and lung conditions are particularly vulnerable.

The teams also urge their fans to contribute to the effort and have set up a You Caring page to do so.

The winds that caused the fire in Napa and Sonoma counties to spread so quickly on Sunday night died down yesterday. "Current readings have us mostly in the moderate range", Flannigan said Wednesday. "Neither is San Francisco".

One could argue it wouldn't make much difference for Chargers fans, who haven't exactly filled the StubHub Center this season.

While all people may experience varying degrees of symptoms, the more sensitive individuals are at greatest risk at experiencing more aggravated symptoms which may include, but are not limited to coughing, scratchy throat, watery and itchy eyes, and difficulty breathing.

If you cannot keep windows and doors closed due to high temperatures, seek out cooling centers in your area.

"The health caution will remain in place and smoke impacts will continue until the fires are extinguished", officials said in a statement. Rescheduling the game would be difficult because, although Stanford is idle next week, Oregon has a game that Saturday against UCLA at the Rose Bowl.

Tim Fang is a digital producer for CBS San Francisco and a native of the Bay Area.