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Northern CA air quality rated the worst in the world

Photo: Smoke from the Camp Fire near Chico poured into the Bay Area on Nov. 8, 2018. Photo: Amy Graff

The Bay Area’s already fetid, wildfire-choked air continued to register “very unhealthy” levels of particulate matter throughout the region Friday morning, following public health warnings and mass closures of schools, universities, businesses — even San Francisco’s fabled cable cars were pulled off the hills.

Firefighters have made progress containing the deadly Camp Fire in Butte County, but it’s become clear that the sickly haze has settled over the area for the foreseeable future.

Since Thursday, fire-ravaged Northern California has had the dirtiest air in the world, topping notoriously smoggy cities in India and China, according to air quality monitoring network Purple Air. The Butte County Air Quality Management District reported “hazardous” air quality in Chico, Oroville and Sacramento.

Data from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District showed local air quality levels in the “very unhealthy” range.

The National Weather Service predicted that smoke will continue to plague the region into next week. “The winds are light and offshore, so there’s nothing to move the smoke,” said Suzanne Sims, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. “It’s there, and it’s not going anywhere.”

Northern CA air quality rated the worst in the world

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Attribution: San Francisco Chronicle

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