Community Advisory – Wildfire Smoke Affecting Air Quality

Wildfire smoke from fires in Northern California and Oregon are affecting air quality at Stanford and across the Bay Area.

We understand that the sight and smell of smoke on campus may be alarming to our community, and want to reassure you that we are continuing to monitor local air quality levels, to assess and predict any potential impact on campus operations.

As of right now, we will continue to operate with no changes to scheduling or outdoor events. Depending on how conditions develop, wildfire smoke may continue to affect local ambient air quality both indoors and outdoors.

At this time, members of the Stanford community are encouraged to take the following common-sense steps for their personal health and comfort:

  • Limit strenuous outdoor activity where possible.
  • For more susceptible populations, including older adults, children and those with pulmonary/respiratory conditions, minimize time spent outdoors.
  • When indoors, keep windows and doors closed.
  • In vehicles, use air-recirculation mode.
  • Drink plenty of water to help minimize potential irritation.

For individuals who may experience personal health issues during this smoke event, please consult with one’s primary healthcare provider.

Employees who have questions about work assignments should reach out to their direct supervisor.

For current and forecasted air quality information, visit