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School closures due to Camp Fire smoke could continue next week

Original post made on Nov 17, 2018

With smoky conditions from the Camp Fire expected to last through Tuesday, school officials are in the process of deciding whether to cancel classes on Monday. Many schools throughout the Bay Area, including most in San Mateo County, closed Friday due to poor air quality.

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Posted by MP Resident
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Nov 17, 2018 at 11:07 am

Turning off the HVAC is remarkably misguided. You want to run HVAC, in recirc mode (close any outside air dampers), and keep running air through your filters.

Any tactical filter upgrades you can do (e.g. putting HEPA filter cartridges in) will of course help too.

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Posted by Chas Taq
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Nov 17, 2018 at 6:28 pm

If we had just raked the forest, it wouldn't be so smokey.

Some people say.......

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Nov 17, 2018 at 11:07 pm

Someone told me air in PV is considerably better than lower elevations like Menlo or Palo Alto can someone confirm if this is true. And also is that why PVSD did not cancel class Friday??

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Posted by home sapiens
a resident of another community
on Nov 18, 2018 at 10:22 am

Was in PV the last couple days and some folks said they thought it was better up there. I think they're crazy.

Granted, due to the proximity of trees and ridge lines (thus obstructed/shortened views) it wasn't as easy to 'see' how bad it was, compared to being in a spot with a view across the bay, for example.

Those views, or lack of, really highlight the amount of smoke.

Excuse me while I get back to sweeping the forests.

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Posted by Kinde N Rockr
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Nov 18, 2018 at 5:33 pm

Raking and sweeping, let's get started!!

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