The city of Oakland on Friday opened two locations for
residents seeking relief from the unhealthy air quality resulting from ongoing wildfires
in the region.

The respite centers, open on Friday and Saturday, will be
staffed by city disaster service workers to provide short-term care to

One of the centers will be at the Dimond Branch of the
Oakland Public Library, 3565 Fruitvale Ave., and will be open from noon to 7

The other center, open from noon to 5 p.m. will be at the North Oakland Senior Center at 5714 Martin Luther King Jr. Way.

With the air quality index at a very unhealthy level of 247
on Friday afternoon, the city advises residents to consider moving physical activities
indoor, rescheduling them or keeping them short.

Those with heart or lung diseases, older adults, children
and teenagers to avoid physical activities outdoors.

For more information on air quality health and safety tips, click here.

Updates on respite centers in Oakland can be found on the city’s website here.


By Kelley Wheeler

Kelley Wheeler is a Metro reporter covering political issues and general assignments. A second-generation journalist, worked with all major news outlet, she holds a vast expeirience. Kelley is a graduate of USC with degrees in journalism and English literature. She is a recipient of Yale’s Poynter Fellowship in Journalism.

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