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USA: Bay Area air quality takes a nosedive after California wildfires03:01

USA: Bay Area air quality takes a nosedive after California wildfires

United States, Bay Area, CA; Oakland, San Fran., Berkeley
November 17, 2018 at 01:32 GMT +00:00 · Published

Schools and universities across the San Francisco Bay Area closed down on Friday due to the extremely low air quality in the region, as shown in footage shot in Oakland, San Francisco and Berkley.

Smoke from California's deadliest wildfire on record, in Butte County, left the Bay Area completely covered in a thick haze, which forced people to wear masks and avoid going out.

"They closed the university, so students don't need to walk to classes anymore, and that decreases the smoke they inhale significantly,” one student at UC Berkeley said.

One CVS Pharmacy manager said that face masks were selling out left, right and centre.

"I had to get two more boxes to bring over here, set up a table in the middle. And within approximately two hours, all those boxes were gone," she explained.

According to the authorities, the wildfires have so far claimed the lives of at least 63 people statewide, with the number of people missing or unaccounted for having soared to 631.

The fire has razed nearly 12,000 homes and buildings, and has led to the evacuation of some 52,000 people.

USA: Bay Area air quality takes a nosedive after California wildfires03:01
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Schools and universities across the San Francisco Bay Area closed down on Friday due to the extremely low air quality in the region, as shown in footage shot in Oakland, San Francisco and Berkley.

Smoke from California's deadliest wildfire on record, in Butte County, left the Bay Area completely covered in a thick haze, which forced people to wear masks and avoid going out.

"They closed the university, so students don't need to walk to classes anymore, and that decreases the smoke they inhale significantly,” one student at UC Berkeley said.

One CVS Pharmacy manager said that face masks were selling out left, right and centre.

"I had to get two more boxes to bring over here, set up a table in the middle. And within approximately two hours, all those boxes were gone," she explained.

According to the authorities, the wildfires have so far claimed the lives of at least 63 people statewide, with the number of people missing or unaccounted for having soared to 631.

The fire has razed nearly 12,000 homes and buildings, and has led to the evacuation of some 52,000 people.

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