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Smoke and particles in the air can cause serious health problems to both people and pets, and unfortunately just smelling smoke isn't enough to tell whether breathing outside air is dangerous. Here are links to air quality tracking and advisory websites:
Different methods used to calculate air quality give us different numbers, and it can be confusing. This article helps to explain why - and suggests how to find the best resource for your location.
When air quality is poor or bad, the Santa Clara County Public Health Office advises people who are most at-risk (older adults, pregnant women, children, and people with chronic respiratory and/or heart conditions) to:
As of September 8, 2020, evacuations for the CZU and SCU wildfires have been lifted. That doesn't mean that all is back to normal for the people and places affected by these fires, however.
People who need help can contact
In Santa Clara County:
In San Mateo County:
These nonprofit organizations are pooling funds and donations for fire relief:
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