Closed Friday, November 16: Head Start Centers, Recreation Programs, and Recreation Centers Due to Unhealthy Air Quality

Date Posted: November 15th, 2018 @ 7:02 PM
Last Updated: November 16th, 2018 @ 5:05 PM

Air quality in the region has worsened due to heavy smoke from the Camp Fire in Butte County. Thursday afternoon, EPA’s Air Quality Index rose to the “very unhealthy” range. People with heart or lung disease, older adults, and children should avoid all physical activity outdoors. Everyone else should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion.

Impacts to City Services

Due to unhealthy and worsening air quality, and recommendations from public health experts, on Friday, November 16:

  • All of Oakland’s Head Start centers will be closed
  • All recreation programs and centers will also be closed to the public.

We regret the difficulty and inconvenience this may cause some families as we all grapple with extraordinary circumstances and take precautions to keep our community safe.

Libraries, senior centers, and City offices will remain open normal hours.

The City will continue to monitor air quality conditions and provide updates.

Good to Know

  • Visit for latest air quality information by ZIP code.
  • The Air District has extended the Winter Spare the Air Alert through Tuesday, November 20th.
  • OUSD canceled all classes Friday for all schools in the district: “After consulting with public health experts, we have determined the best course of action is to close all OUSD schools and offices tomorrow, Friday, Nov. 16.”

Stay Safe & Healthy

To protect your health and stay safe from wildfire smoke:

  • Stay indoors or limiting time spent outdoors, particularly for people with lung or heart conditions, who are at higher risk.
  • Vulnerable populations should avoid all physical activity outdoors.
  • Keep windows and doors closed until smoke levels subside.
  • Set air conditioning units and car vent systems to re-circulate to prevent outside air from moving inside.
  • Sign up for a local emergency alert via text, phone, and email at AC Alert.