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WALNUT CREEK, CA (KGO) -- No matter where you look in the Bay Area, a thick, gray, smoke-filled haze is hanging over the sky. It's the fallout from more than 1,000 fires burning throughout California. It is hard to even make out the San Francisco skyline from across the bay in Richmond. It is the same scene for Oakland and the in the South Bay. All this smoke is not only ugly to look at, but it's very bad to breathe. It is the highest level of soot in our air they have ever measured on a summer day and as a result, health advisories have been in effect all day. The brown stuff that's settled into the Bay Area makes the air ugly to look at and is even worse to breath.
WALNUT CREEK, CA (KGO) -- The bad, smoky air from the fires burning in Northern California prompts another warning from the Air Quality Control District. A health advisory is being extended until Sunday because CAL FIRE says there are more than 1,200 fires burning in 16 California counties currently and more are expected from lightning strikes.
The air we have been breathing for days contains such compounds as sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide, and possibly even trace amounts of cyanide.
Last week from the 17th floor of San Jose's City Hall, the skyline was clear and visible for miles, now it is cloudy with smoke. The dramatic difference in air quality is something you can see and feel.