Here's how wildfires up north are affecting people in Merced County

Lighter winds in the valley bring less smoke, moderate air quality

Smoke triggers air quality advisory today

Alternatively, Bay Area fans who would like to contribute via text to relief efforts can text REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief.

Seventeen different fires have spread across four different counties, leaving over 2,000 structures destroyed and killing at least 17 people, according to ABC7, since the fires started Sunday night.

The Bay Area's seven major professional sports organizations have untied to donate a combined $450,000 to the North Bay fire relief efforts, according to a press release. The alert is in effect until Wednesday.

"If we get the winds it will help push the air quality out of the region", said Fasano.

Weather plays an important role when it comes to measuring air conditions, said Tom Flannigan, spokesman for the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

For the Bay Area especially, air quality has reached historically poor levels as the unhealthy atmosphere has already sickened residents, prompted medical calls to local schools and prompted the wearing of protective masks.

"We've got kids from ages 7 years old all the way up to 19, so we always try to keep the best interests of the children in mind", said Chris Pepe, general manager of Juventus Sport Club, a soccer team in Redwood City.

The smoke in the air is due to a series of wildfires in Northern California.

While all people may experience varying degrees of symptoms, the more sensitive individuals are at greatest risk at experiencing more aggravated symptoms which may include, but are not limited to coughing, scratchy throat, watery and itchy eyes, and difficulty breathing. "It's not going to be fun".

"Please curtail wood burning, lawn mowing and leaf blowing, driving, and BBQing", says a tweet care of San Francisco-based Spare the Air, an environmental agency.

As of 3 p.m. Thursday, most monitors around the Sacramento region reported good air quality, the highest rank possible.

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