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Dangerous Smoke Blankets California as Fires Rage Across State

Oct. 28, 2019, 5:41 PM

San Francisco smells like a fireplace.

Smoke from Northern California wildfires drifted across the bay Monday morning, shrouding the skyline. Commuters walked through the city’s transit center wearing face masks -- in some cases, even adding ski masks for additional protection.

It’s worse across the bay, where Oakland has the fourth-worst air in the U.S. and volunteers have been handing out masks to the city’s homeless. Some riders on Bay Area Rapid Transit trains were wearing them as well. And earlier Monday, to the east of Los Angeles, Riverside has the most hazardous air in America.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti urged residents to obey evacuation orders.

Wildfires have forced ...

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