• Smoke from fires hits lo­cal air qual­ity, post­pon­ing sixth an­nual Run for the Fallen and al­ter­ing high school foot­ball prac­tice

Lodi News-Sentinel - - Front Page - By John Bays NEWS-SEN­TINEL STAFF WRITER

Air pol­lu­tion caused by smoke from the fires in Napa and Sonoma coun­ties have caused or­ga­niz­ers to in­def­i­nitely post­pone the sixth an­nual Cal­i­for­nia Run for the Fallen, a 150-mile run through North­ern Cal­i­for­nia that was sup­posed to take place on Fri­day, Satur­day and Sun­day in honor of fallen sol­diers, ac­cord­ing to Kevin Graves, founder of Some Gave All - The Joey Graves Foun­da­tion, a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion that spon­sors the event.

“The fires are com­ing across Green Val­ley, and lots of the run­ners are from the area. They’re also in the mil­i­tary, and many of them are be­ing de­ployed to help with the fire. We’re still go­ing to do it, we just don’t know when,” Graves said.

The San Joaquin Val­ley Air Pol­lu­tion Con­trol District sent out a press re­lease on Wed­nes­day warn­ing that smoke from the fires could pose health risks such as lung dis­ease and asthma at­tacks, as well as an in­creased risk for heart at­tacks and strokes. The impact from the smoke on the county’s air qual­ity is ex­pected to con­tinue un­til the fires are ex­tin­guished, ac­cord­ing to An­thony Presto, an outreach and com­mu­ni­ca­tions rep­re­sen­ta­tive for the San Joaquin Val­ley Air Pol­lu­tion District.

“Air qual­ity in the North San Joaquin Val­ley, which in­cludes San Joaquin County, is in the un­healthy to very un­healthy range and we would ad­vise res­i­dents to stay in­side if they can,” Presto said.

Lodi High School’s foot­ball team has al­ready al­tered its prac­tice sched­ule due to the air qual­ity, ac­cord­ing to Coach Robert Sper­ling, although he does not ex­pect the smoke to af­fect Fri­day’s game against Lin­coln High School. The team made the most of the time in­doors, walk­ing through their plays and keep­ing up with their con­di­tion­ing.

“To­day, we changed prac­tice to the morn­ing and cut time spent out­side in half. We were only out­side for one hour, we spent the rest of the time in­side,” Sper­ling said.

Tony Vice, owner of the Fleet Feet run­ning store in Stock­ton, echoed Presto’s warn­ing for peo­ple to stay in­doors, ad­vis­ing his fel­low run­ners to ei­ther move their usual work­outs in­doors or post­pone them al­to­gether.

“With the tragic fires hap­pen­ing in the north­ern part of the state and smoke be­ing blown down here, it’s more ben­e­fi­cial to work out in­side or just take that ex­tra day of rest,” Vice said.

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