Things to know about fire smoke

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Officials warn that very fine smoke particles, a fraction of the size of a human hair, can lodge in the lungs and, particularly in some vulnerable populations, do damage.

The fires have compromised air quality through much of the Bay Area, including the Stanford campus. Disposable respirators known as N-95 or P-100 respirators will help if you have to be outdoors for a period of time.

Above, NASA satellite image showing the massive smoke plumes from the wildfires burning in Wine Country.

For the second consecutive day, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District issued a Spare the Air Alert for today and Friday. "The readings have come down more than half compared to what we saw (Tuesday), in terms of air-quality-index readings".

Despite the cancellation, the air quality still took a toll on students physically.

"We're going to see that north wind pick up again tonight and into Thursday and that means drier, warmer air", Flannigan said Wednesday.

"We want all the communities affected by these horrific fires to know the Giants and all of the Bay Area teams are here to support you as you recover and rebuild in the days, weeks and months ahead", said Giants President and CEO Larry Baer. "Places like Marin, East Bay, maybe even San Francisco, will see smoke again".

"The North Bay fires have devastated families, homes, businesses, and schools across the region, and as first responders work tirelessly to put out the fires and aid those in need, Bay Area sports teams are unified in supporting relief efforts", said 49ers CEO Jed York via the statement sent out to the media. This decision extends to all athletic events and practices as well as all other after school activities. Meteorologists expect smoke to return in full force. Anyone exposed to poor air quality or wildfire smoke should move inside to an air-conditioned environment. "Not to mince words: It's going to be really bad".