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Sac State closes campus, UC Davis cancels classes over health risk from Camp Fire smoke

Twelve heart-wrenching images of the aftermath of Camp Fire in Paradise

It's now the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history. These images look at the destruction after the Camp Fire raged through Paradise, CA.
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It's now the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history. These images look at the destruction after the Camp Fire raged through Paradise, CA.

UC Davis canceled all classes Tuesday and Sacramento State closed its campus Tuesday and Wednesday due to the poor air quality across Northern California as smoke from the Camp Fire continues to create unhealthy conditions.

Sacramento State announced Monday night on social media and in email and text alerts to students that the campus would be closed and classes would not be held. In a statement, President Robert Nelsen said that the decision was recommended by the university’s Office for Environmental Health and Safety.

Nelsen announced Tuesday via social media that the campus would remain closed Wednesday due to continued air quality concerns, but said the university was planned to reopen on Thursday.

“The health and safety of our Hornet Family are critical, and we will continue to assess conditions on a regular basis and in consideration of our educational mission,” Nelsen said. “The decision to close the campus has been extremely difficult, due to the negative impact on the academic success of our students whose classes have been canceled.”

The closures include the campus fitness center, known as the Well, and outdoor pools, according to posts by Sacramento State. The university’s satellite campus downtown will also be closed.

UC Davis announced on Twitter just after 6 a.m. Tuesday that all classes would be canceled at its main campus and satellite sites in Davis and Sacramento, but that the campuses would remain open. Employees at each campus are still expected to work, according to the tweet. The university advised limiting outdoor activity to avoid smoky conditions.

The Camp Fire that sparked last Thursday about 90 miles from Sacramento in Butte County is still burning, reported at 125,000 acres Tuesday. The wildfire raged through Paradise, a town of about 27,000 near Chico, and has officially become the deadliest and most destructive, with 42 confirmed fatalities and more than 7,100 structures lost, Cal Fire reports. Paradise was effectively destroyed.

Heavy smoke from the fast-spreading fire blew throughout much of Northern California, first hitting the Sacramento area hard Saturday. The city of Sacramento started offering residents free N95 respirator masks as Air Quality Index numbers reached into the mid 300s, denoted “hazardous” by the Environmental Protection Agency.

People who are homeless receive "particulate respirator" masks at Loaves and Fishes to help them breathe better while smoke from the Camp Fire covers Sacramento on Nov. 12, 2018.

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