What’s That Smell?

What's That Smell?

Henry and Eli

North Star has been affected by the fires in Fresno and throughout California. These fires make it hard for people to go outside. Air quality has been going up and down around the Bay Area. So what is that smell? Well this smell is coming from the fires all along the west coast.
Luke W. a 6th grader at North Star says, “I think the air quality used to suck. But now I feel it is fine.” Why is the air quality so unhealthy? There are many key reasons for the cause, some of these reasons include many fires on the sides of the Bay Area. These fires started during one dark and stormy night. A series of days with high winds and dry lightning storms three weeks ago set off a dozen fires across the state.
Michele Harkov, an NSA parent said, “ These last few days I appreciate how nice the air quality is.” During the storm, strokes of rambunctious lightning struck the ground. It was very fun to watch. The electricity hit a forest and caused a forest fire to start. The fire started to spread causing the air quality to get worse and worse.
Bryan Schwab, another NSA parent said, “It stops me from running outside and I love to run outside in the morning.” Soon there was so much haze and unhealthy exposure that many had to stay inside.
Luke W also says, “I don’t like the air quality, because that means I can’t go to the skate park.” Lots of events were cancelled because of the hazardous air quality as well. The students at North Star now have to stay inside most of the day due to air quality. People with contact lenses also experience hardship. Bryan Schwab also explained, “I also wear contact lenses and every time I wake up it’s like my eyes are really scratchy.” He added, “It feels like I have allergies when I don’t.”
The haze continued to grow as many firefighters worked hard to dumb down the amount of fire spreading that was possible. Soon after lots of hard work many of the fires have been restricted to a smaller area.
The name of the fire that gave us the most smoke is the Fresno and Madera Fire and it is very severe. As of right now, the Fresno and Madero fire is 13 percent contained and has claimed over 176,000 acres of land. These wildfires can spread as fast as 6.7 mph. With this speed they could take over large forests in only a few hours.
The fire so far has killed 7 people and destroyed 361 buildings. Not many people died but lots of money was lost because of the fires. This fire started from a creek fire. In Redwood city you look in the morning and you place an object and leave it out overnight you will see little specks of ash or.
Today, more than 3 million acres of land have burned since the start of the year. Many other states and counties are also experiencing fires. States including Oregon, Washington, and Colorado. We still have weeks to go in this year’s fire season. There’s so much not to like about the fires, people losing their homes, firefighters risking their lives and poor air quality”. This is all due to the fire season.
Although fires are happening all along the west coast we can stop them by taking care of your yards and keeping trees trimmed. Also people should not picnic or barbecue or set off fireworks anywhere near California’s forests.
During a fire the people on the front line are trying to contain and stop the fire season. It is important for people living in the fire areas to obey evacuation orders so the firefighters can focus on fighting the fire instead of trying to save lives.
Michele Harkov, an NSA parent also said, “ These last few days I appreciate how nice the air quality is.” She also said “There’s so much not to like about the fires, people losing their homes, firefighters risking their lives and poor air quality”. Lastly, she said, “I think we are surrounded by the effects of the fires.”