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It’s that time of the year again for the western United States- fire season. The state of California has seen a lot of wildfires this season,, and with that comes bad air quality. The smoke from the Yolo and Napa counties is especially bad for residents in Northern California. The smoke from those fires continues to drift into the Sacramento region. The Air Quality Management District is warning area residents that they should be aware of air quality while they are outside. Because of  its place on the map and geological reasoning, Sacramento has some of the worst air quality in the state of California.

“The smoke from our wildfires can pose a health risk for anyone, but especially harmful for adults, young children, and those with pre-existing health conditions,” said Sacramento County public health officer, Dr. Olivia Kasirye. “If you can smell smoke, limit outdoor activities,” Dr. Kasirye added. Health officials say that it is never a good idea to go outside into a smoky environment, so and that one should limit their time outside if they see that the air is smoky.

Sacramento is prone to air quality issues when it comes to wildfires, mostly because of our “bowl shaped valley” which traps all the smoke, increasing the time needed for the smoke to leave the air. With little-to-no wind in the summer, the smoke lingers in the air longer. Residential wood burning in the winter and wildfire smoke are both bad because they create high ozone layer and matter pollution. Because of all this, smoke can affect anyone in this type of environment.

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