Smog blinds Bay Area, impacts 9/11 ceremonies

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SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — The bad air quality in San Francisco Friday morning is impacting commemorations of the September 11 attacks.

The San Francisco Fire Department announced a change of plans for its program, which was originally planned for outside.

“Due to POOR air quality, this year’s program will not be held outdoors. Due to COVID 19, we are not able to accommodate members of the public indoors,” The department tweeted on Thursday.

The air quality map over the Bay Area is lit up with the color purple, showing how extremely poor the air is Friday morning.

And even more eye-opening, here’s a world map comparison of air quality conditions, showing California in the dark with some of the poorest air quality on Friday on a global level.

The National Weather Service Bay Area says the widespread heavy smoke concentrations won’t be going away anytime soon.

And the Bay Area Air District concurs. “We do not anticipate conditions to improve today, and air quality may degrade as more smoke is expected to mix down to the ground.”

WATCH: We may forget animals are affected by the poor air quality as well. Below, a horse gets assistance with breathing from a local nonprofit Hold Your Horses.

The San Francisco Fire Department’s program will start at 6:45 a.m. and people can watch over a Facebook Live stream.

Stay with KRON4 for continuing 9/11 ceremony coverage.

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