Wildfires Leave Sky Full of Soot

California Fires Leave 32 Dead, a Vast Landscape Charred, and a Sky Full of Soot

NY Times, Oct. 12, 2017

SONOMA, Calif. — Some of the worst wildfires ever to tear through California have killed 32 people and torched a vast area of the state’s north this week, but the reach of the blazes is spreading dramatically further by the day, as thick plumes of smoke blow through population centers across the Bay Area. . . .  Air-quality, based on levels of tiny particles that can flow deep into the lungs, is rated “unhealthy” across much of Northern California, and smoke has traveled as far as Fresno, more than 200 miles to the south.   Read more

EPA Air Quality Information for Napa, Oct. 13, 2017:

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Current Conditions  Oct. 13, 2017
Air Quality Index (AQI)
observed at 17:00 PDT
 393    Hazardous
Health Message: People with heart or lung disease, older adults, and children should remain indoors and keep activity levels low. Everyone else should avoid all physical activity outdoors.
Note: Values above 500 are considered Beyond the AQI. Follow recommendations for the Hazardous category. Additional information on reducing exposure to extremely high levels of particle pollution is available here.
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Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Harrisburg, York, Lancaster and Reading Among Worst Nationally for Soot Pollution

January 19th, 2006: PennEnvironment Newsroom

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Excerpt:  “‘I love living and raising my family in Carlisle and it is so sad to me that the air has become toxic,’ said Pam Frohman with the Carlisle Area Clean Air Board. “It is time to pass anti-idling ordinances and prevent further land development for the trucking industry until technology significantly reducing diesel emissions is mandated in local municipal codes.”