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Air quality remains low with smokey wildfires

By Carlo Falco
Published On: Aug 19 2013 08:33:05 PM CDT

The smoke from several wildfires in the mountains around the Sacramento Valley have kept the skies hazy across the Northstate.

There are currently seven fires burning in Northern California, all adding more and more smoke to the air.

The air quality is generally rated as “moderate” in the valley, but can be very bad depending on how close to a large fire you live.

In Chico and Oroville, the air quality was rated as “unhealthy for sensitive groups” which means that the elderly and those with respiratory diseases could experience some difficulty breathing.

Unfortunately, the air quality situation will likely get worse before it gets better.

The smoke will hang around until the fires are contained and completely extinguished.

It is only then that the winds can start blowing the smoke out of the valley.