California Air Quality Worsens as Mendocino Complex Fire Burns On

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A helicopter drops water on a burning hillside during the Mendocino Complex fire near Finley, California on July 30, 2018. - (Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)

Cal Fire reported Tuesday that the Mendocino Complex Fire, which has now burned nearly 300,000 acres, will not be fully contained before September 1. In the meantime, smoke from the wildfire is adversely affecting air quality throughout Northern California. Bay Area air quality officials issued a Spare the Air alert effective Wednesday and Sacramento residents were told to limit outdoor activity through the end of the week. We'll get an update on the fire and discuss what you can do to breathe safely.

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