Poor air quality forces closure of Bay Area schools

Since November 8, what is being called the “Camp Fire” has claimed 63 lives — with many more people still unaccounted for — and burned more than 141,000 acres in Butte County of Northern California.

As of Friday morning, the blaze is currently 45 percent contained.

The smoke from the fire is being called hazardous, for those in and around Butte County and unhealthy for the San Francisco Bay Area.

Schools and universities throughout the Bay Area have canceled classes due to smoke from the Camp Fire.

Fil-Am professor Liza Erpelo of Skyline College in San Bruno says she’s seen the effects on campus.

“I’m just having issues breathing like a lot of folks are, who are being affected by the smoke. And with my students, I’m sure it’s been hard for them to focus and concentrate to get stuff done so I definitely been a little more laxed with due dates to try and get them caught up.”

Despite classes being canceled, Professor Erpelo says instructions and homework will still be given out.

“This is nothing we can’t handle online. I’m hoping the students are going to be resilient and cooperative in getting these assignments done and they usually are, especially my students are awesome. For me what’s more important is the well-being of the students.”

Health experts suggests children, the elderly and those with existing health problems stay indoors.

Meanwhile, forecasters say they are confident widespread rain will arrive by Wednesday, which will help improve the air quality.

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