Northern California's Air Quality The Worst In The World Due To Fires

Evarado Alatorre
Noviembre 19, 2018

More than 600 people have been reported missing since the inferno erupted November 8, laying waste to the town of Paradise at the northern foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, and destroying around 10,000 homes.

"We are asking people to stay indoors with their windows and doors closed", she said.

Smoke from the Camp Fire hangs heavy in the air in the San Francisco Bay Area, almost 200 miles south of the fire, causing a number of residents to don face respirator masks.

Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea told reporters the number of people unaccounted for nearly doubled from 631 to 1,011 in 24 hours as authorities receive more reports of people missing and as emergency calls made when the fire broke out are reviewed.

Due to smoke from the Butte County fire and air quality being unhealthy, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District has extended its Spare the Air alert through Tuesday, November 20.

Photos posted on social media showed the famous Golden Gate Bridge shrouded in thick smog. "You have this constant haze over the city".

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The health officials warned people to remain indoors and, if necessary, to go out wearing masks.

Thick wildfire smoke from California's Camp Fire is being blown across the state and blotting out the sun.

Much of the rescue work is now focused on Paradise, a community that was home to many retirees who found themselves unable to get out in time.

A total of 461 rescuers, assisted by 22 sniffer dogs, were going from house to house, as authorities called on relatives of the missing to provide DNA samples to help with identification of the dead.

"My dad is starting to lose hope a little bit", he added. As of earlier today, the fire had burned 138,000 acres and was 35-percent contained.

Adding to the misery of Camp Fire survivors, an outbreak of the highly contagious norovirus has been reported at several shelters.

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