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Series of Spare the Air alerts carries through Monday

Officials urge public to stay indoors as a result of unhealthy air quality

Pedestrians photograph and observe the dark sky from the Palo Alto Baylands on the afternoon of Sept. 9. Photo by Magali Gauthier.

As smoke from wildfires continues to cover the Bay Area, officials with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District on Friday extended a Spare the Air alert through Monday, Sept. 14.

Monday will mark the 28th consecutive Spare the Air alert called as fires continue to burn throughout California and other states, creating unhealthy air.

During the alerts, residents are prohibited from using fireplaces, wood stoves, pellet stoves, and outdoor fire pits or any other wood-burning devices, and urged to stay indoors.

"A thick blanket of smoke from the many wildfires blazing in California and Oregon is causing unhealthy air quality in the Bay Area," the air district's Executive Officer Jack Broadbent said in a statement. "More than ever this weekend, residents should track air quality conditions in their communities and protect their health and avoid smoke exposure by staying indoors."

Air quality readings around the region Friday morning were unhealthy for everyone in Oakland and Berkeley, unhealthy for some in San Francisco yet good in Hayward and San Ramon. In San Rafael and Vallejo, it was unhealthy for everyone and in Walnut Creek unhealthy for some. In Redwood City and San Jose, it was unhealthy for some.

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"In the past seven days alone, we have dealt with a heat wave, dark skies, continued poor air quality, and all the while we are still responding to a global pandemic. Yesterday we reached purple, which is very unhealthy levels of poor air quality and we expect to have this poor air quality today and potentially through the weekend," San Francisco Department of Emergency Management Executive Director Mary Ellen Carroll said Friday.

Residents are being urged to stay indoors and keep their windows and doors closed.

Officials with the National Weather Service said conditions may improve late this weekend and early next week with the arrival of a storm system from the north on Saturday.

People can find out when a Spare the Air alert is in effect by visiting sparetheair.org, calling 800-HELP-AIR (4357-247), downloading the Spare the Air smartphone app for iPhone or Android devices or connecting with Spare the Air on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.

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Series of Spare the Air alerts carries through Monday

Officials urge public to stay indoors as a result of unhealthy air quality

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Uploaded: Fri, Sep 11, 2020, 1:28 pm

As smoke from wildfires continues to cover the Bay Area, officials with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District on Friday extended a Spare the Air alert through Monday, Sept. 14.

Monday will mark the 28th consecutive Spare the Air alert called as fires continue to burn throughout California and other states, creating unhealthy air.

During the alerts, residents are prohibited from using fireplaces, wood stoves, pellet stoves, and outdoor fire pits or any other wood-burning devices, and urged to stay indoors.

"A thick blanket of smoke from the many wildfires blazing in California and Oregon is causing unhealthy air quality in the Bay Area," the air district's Executive Officer Jack Broadbent said in a statement. "More than ever this weekend, residents should track air quality conditions in their communities and protect their health and avoid smoke exposure by staying indoors."

Air quality readings around the region Friday morning were unhealthy for everyone in Oakland and Berkeley, unhealthy for some in San Francisco yet good in Hayward and San Ramon. In San Rafael and Vallejo, it was unhealthy for everyone and in Walnut Creek unhealthy for some. In Redwood City and San Jose, it was unhealthy for some.

"In the past seven days alone, we have dealt with a heat wave, dark skies, continued poor air quality, and all the while we are still responding to a global pandemic. Yesterday we reached purple, which is very unhealthy levels of poor air quality and we expect to have this poor air quality today and potentially through the weekend," San Francisco Department of Emergency Management Executive Director Mary Ellen Carroll said Friday.

Residents are being urged to stay indoors and keep their windows and doors closed.

Officials with the National Weather Service said conditions may improve late this weekend and early next week with the arrival of a storm system from the north on Saturday.

People can find out when a Spare the Air alert is in effect by visiting sparetheair.org, calling 800-HELP-AIR (4357-247), downloading the Spare the Air smartphone app for iPhone or Android devices or connecting with Spare the Air on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.

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Shirley
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Old Mountain View
on Sep 11, 2020 at 6:30 pm
Shirley, Old Mountain View
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on Sep 11, 2020 at 6:30 pm
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During Spare The Air days, and especially now with severe wild fire smoke why are leaf blowers allowed? It's raining ashes, we have a blanket of smoke so severe our sky is black, hazy or orange, breathing is difficult. Friday, the worst air quality day in the world at 8AM there's a landscaper blowing ashes in peoples cars, windows, doors, etc. WHY?????? San Jose has landscapers pick a day for all of them to landscape on the same day. It helps them to have this instead of having everyday a different Gardner invading people's respiratory. Several people don't have air conditioners, some people have open windows to circulate the air. I wish city council members would take this matter up and do something about it. It's election time and I for one will vote for the person that brings this problem up and make a difference.


Steven Goldstein
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Old Mountain View
on Sep 11, 2020 at 10:58 pm
Steven Goldstein, Old Mountain View
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on Sep 11, 2020 at 10:58 pm
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Now, where are the climate change deniers?

Granted, the smoke will cool us off for the short term because of the particles in the atmosphere, but once they settle, the additional CO2 created by the fires will simply fuel the warming trend unless we actively remove the CO2 from the atmosphere.

It can be done, but it will cost Trillions to do it.

Watch the old TV show called Seaquest DSV the premier episode of season 2 called Daggers. They had to build ARTIFICIAL CO2 scrubbers all over the world to convert CO2 to O2 because it was making the global atmosphere toxic. One by reduction of the O2 levels in the atmosphere and the toxic levels of CO2.

In effect it looks like we may be extinct in about 100 years if we don't get our act together NOW.


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