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San Francisco Bay Area cancels events as smoke chokes region

Smoke from the wildfires north of San Francisco has sank the air quality level in the Bay Area to the same unhealthy level as some of China’s smog-choked cities, sending people to emergency rooms and forcing schools to close and people to wear masks when they step outside.

The region has endured days of choking smoke since the fires began Sunday night and claimed at least 31 lives and destroyed thousands of homes and businesses.

Air quality in the most of the region Thursday was as bad as Beijing, China’s notoriously polluted capital, according to…


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