CARMEL, Calif. -

UPDATE 8/10/16 5:21PM: Students in Carmel and Big Sur faced some unusual challenges on the first day of school Wednesday. The Soberanes Fire forced the cancellation of bus routes and the relocation of some classes.

There's no question it's been smoky around the Monterey Bay.

"Keeping the windows closed, not walking to dog or going out as much as I normally do," said Linda Schnug, resident of Carmel.


At Carmel High School, faculty members constantly monitor the air quality and are treating the smoke just as they do the weather. If it's pouring rain outside, the students will stay indoors. If the air quality is unhealthy, the students will stay inside.

"We're just focused on, is it safe for us to have the kids outside, and if it's not we're going to put them somewhere where it is safe for them to be," said Golden Anderson, Athletic Director of Carmel High.

Now that school has begun, it's easier to communicate with students, especially those with breathing problems.

"We're checking in with those students and checking in with them daily to see how they're doing,” said Anderson. “And also reaching out to the coaches so they're aware of the quality and they're looking out for the safety of their students."

According to Anderson, now that athletics are starting up faculty members have been extra cautious.

"But that was all that was going on during the summer, so we were lucky a lot of our students weren't really involved in athletics at the time,” said Anderson. “But now that school has started, they're ramping up pretty good so we have to make sure we're on top of it."

The start of this school year is also very different for students from Captain Cooper Elementary School in Big Sur. They're being transported to classrooms at Carmel River School until the fire clears up.

ORIGINAL POST: Students in Carmel and Big Sur faced some unusual challenges on the first day of school Wednesday. The Soberanes Fire forced the cancellation of bus routes and the relocation of some classes.

Tonight at 5 and 6 p.m., KION's Steve Fundaro will show us how the fire is affecting everything from classroom instruction to athletics and recess.