County issues advisory, activates inclement weather shelters due to Camp Fire smoke

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The Bay Area’s poor air quality due to the Camp Fire in Butte County has prompted San Mateo County to activate the Inclement Weather Program, offering shelter to those sleeping outdoors, and to issue advisories against outdoor activity, including active park use.

As of Saturday morning, air quality in the Redwood City area maintained in the red as “unhealthy.”

“The County of San Mateo urges the public to stay indoors when possible,” according to a statement Friday.

The San Mateo County Human Services Agency Center on Homelessness has activated its Inclement Weather Program through Tuesday morning. Anyone needing shelter can access it by contacting a public safety officer from the Redwood City Police Department or San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office during the weekend.

Meanwhile, the San Mateo County Parks Department advised against active park use through Monday or until conditions improve. No fires, including barbecues, will be allowed in the parks. High fire conditions led to the closure this weekend of Huddart and Wunderlich parks.

For up to date information on air quality, visit Spare the Air, Bay Area and Bay Area Air Quality Management District and airnow.gov.

Photo: County of San Mateo

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