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Wildfires create worst air quality in San Francisco Bay Area

Smoke from the wildfires north of San Francisco has sank 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, 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 some 3,500 homes and businesses.

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


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