Alameda County has issued an air quality alert due to the multiple fires in California. By now, you may already smell smoke and see ashes around. People are advised to stay indoors if possible, particularly more vulnerable populations:
Here’s how to check the air quality:
1. ) Bay Area Air Quality Management District – click on “Fine Particulate Matter.” Oakland is under “Coast & Central Bay.” In Oakland, the locations are West Oakland, East Oakland, and Laney College. For example, at this time, the air quality for both Laney College and East Oakland are in the “unhealthy for sensitive groups” range.
2.) Purple Air – this is another website that shows air quality. Right now, there are parts of Oakland that are above the 200 range.
3.) AirNow Fire and Smoke Map – the map shows air quality, air flow, plus where the actual fires are.
The air quality here is expected to be worse tomorrow, on August 20. N95 masks help prevent particulate inhalation. However, the ones with valves do not prevent the spread of COVID-19.