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Internet2 Monitoring Northern California Wildfires

Oct 13, 2017, by Glenn Lipscomb
Tags: 2017 Technology Exchange

Internet2 is actively monitoring the Northern California wildfire situation. According to The Bay Area Air Quality Management District due to active wildfires and changing wind patterns, air quality could be impacted for many days to come. Outside of the active fire areas, air quality will be variable and unpredictable. Air quality may improve at times or get worse, very quickly. 

Additionally, according to the Centers for Disease Control, wildfire smoke can irritate the respiratory system and worsen chronic heart disease. Older adults, pregnant women, children and those with preexisting heart and lung conditions are particularly vulnerable.  During the Technology Exchange, the air quality in San Francisco is expected to be poor however there is no direct danger from the fires in the San Francisco downtown area. We strongly recommend attendees traveling to San Francisco to check with your airline as flights have the possibility of being delayed or cancelled.

For those planning personal excursions into the counties of Marin, Sonoma, Napa, Solano or points further north, please know you will likely encounter extremely unhealthy air, major road closures, and high-risk fire areas that are best avoided. This San Francisco travel website has up-to-date information on the wildfires for further information for those traveling in the area 

For more information on air quality alerts, click here.

Please join us in extending well wishes to all those directly impacted by the tragic fires expanding in Northern California.

If you have any immediate questions, please contact meetings@internet2.edu.