(San Francisco, CA) — Smoke from Northern California’s deadly wildfires is sending air pollution levels soaring in San Francisco’s Bay area and across the region. San Francisco State University cancelled classes through Sunday due to “unhealthy air quality” and more than 200 flights have been scrubbed at San Francisco International Airport due to low visibility from heavy smoke. One professor at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health compared it to being like living in Beijing. He told the “Los Angeles Times” some students were even wearing masks on the East Bay campus. Officials are advising residents to stay indoors, close their windows and set air conditioning units to recirculate inside air.
Both the Oakland Raiders and Cal Bears are monitoring air quality ahead of their scheduled football games. Both teams say they are planning on playing at this point, but would consider making adjustments if conditions change. The Cal Bears are set to play Washington State at 7:30 p.m. Friday on the Berkeley campus. The Oakland Raiders are scheduled to play the Chargers at the Coliseum on Sunday at 1:25 p.m.
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