Update on air quality from wildfire smoke

Air quality in the area around Stanford campuses is predicted to worsen throughout the morning as the winds turn and potentially bring smoke from the fires that continue to burn in Northern California. The problem is expected to be relatively short lived, with improvement in the afternoon, but we continue to monitor the situation as conditions remain volatile.

The best advice when smoke becomes present is to stay indoors as much as possible. Avoiding exposure to smoky air is the best step one can take. Staying hydrated and keeping windows closed also help.

While there is no general recommendation to wear masks, we understand that some people may feel more comfortable having an N95 mask available due to the conditions this week. It is important to note that masks have limitations and must be fitted properly to be effective.

Stanford employees who work outdoors can be in touch with their supervisors to obtain an N95 mask. Departments have supplies available.

In addition, the university is making N95 masks available to students, faculty and staff who wish to have one. Masks are available at the following locations during regular business hours:

  • Vaden Health Center, 866 Campus Drive
  • Environmental Health & Safety, 484 Oak Road
  • Department of Public Safety, 711 Serra Street
  • Stanford Redwood City: Desk Ambassadors in Cardinal Hall, University Hall, Discovery Hall and Academy Hall
  • SLAC: Occupational Health Center, Building 28, Room 11

You may go to any of these locations for an N95 mask and instructions for use.

We will continue to monitor the situation for any potential impacts on campus operations, and we will communicate any impacts to the university community as soon as possible. Information will be shared here and via the AlertSU system.