California wildfires blanket huge region in smoky pollutants, raising health risks

The raging Northern California wildfires are fouling the air across the region, driving a significant uptick in hospitalizations.
Wildfire creeps through a forest in Napa, Calif. Thousands of homes have burned and at least 31 people have been killed as the Northern California wildfires continue to spread out of control.

OAKLAND, Calif. — The raging Northern California wildfires that have burned thousands of structures and caused the deaths of at least 31 people are also fouling the air across the region, driving a significant uptick in hospitalizations and keeping many residents cooped up indoors.

extends throughout the greater San Francisco Bay Area — well beyond the immediate fire zones — according to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. Particulates and

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