News

Wildfire smoke gives rise to Spare the Air alerts

Forecasters expect air quality to improve later this week

Smoke from wildfires blankets over Palo Alto, as seen from Page Mill Road and Foothill Expressway, on Aug. 19. Photo by Magali Gauthier.

A string of Spare the Air alerts issued by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District because of smoke in the region from the Glass Fire and other wildfires around California will continue until at least Thursday, according to the air district.

Burning wood or other solid fuels indoors or outdoors is illegal on Spare the Air days. The alerts had been issued until Tuesday but were extended until Thursday as the Glass Fire continues to burn in Napa, Sonoma and Lake counties.

The blaze had burned 67,200 acres and was 57% contained as of Wednesday morning. The air district said onshore winds are blowing smoke out of much of the Bay Area, but localized impacts remain near the North Bay and elsewhere in the region.

The Bay Area's air quality is expected to improve later this week and weekend, with some rain in the forecast.

"Bay Area residents should continue to be vigilant about air quality conditions over the next couple of days," BAAQMD executive officer Jack Broadbent said in a news release. "As fire containment efforts progress and more favorable weather conditions move into the region, we expect more widespread relief from smoke starting this weekend."

What's local journalism worth to you?

Support Mountain View Online for as little as $5/month.

Learn more

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.

Stay informed

Get daily headlines sent straight to your inbox.

Sign up

Follow Mountain View Voice Online on Twitter @mvvoice, Facebook and on Instagram @mvvoice for breaking news, local events, photos, videos and more.

Wildfire smoke gives rise to Spare the Air alerts

Forecasters expect air quality to improve later this week

by /

Uploaded: Wed, Oct 7, 2020, 11:54 am

A string of Spare the Air alerts issued by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District because of smoke in the region from the Glass Fire and other wildfires around California will continue until at least Thursday, according to the air district.

Burning wood or other solid fuels indoors or outdoors is illegal on Spare the Air days. The alerts had been issued until Tuesday but were extended until Thursday as the Glass Fire continues to burn in Napa, Sonoma and Lake counties.

The blaze had burned 67,200 acres and was 57% contained as of Wednesday morning. The air district said onshore winds are blowing smoke out of much of the Bay Area, but localized impacts remain near the North Bay and elsewhere in the region.

The Bay Area's air quality is expected to improve later this week and weekend, with some rain in the forecast.

"Bay Area residents should continue to be vigilant about air quality conditions over the next couple of days," BAAQMD executive officer Jack Broadbent said in a news release. "As fire containment efforts progress and more favorable weather conditions move into the region, we expect more widespread relief from smoke starting this weekend."

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.

Comments

There are no comments yet. Please share yours below.

Post a comment

In order to encourage respectful and thoughtful discussion, commenting on stories is available to those who are registered users. If you are already a registered user and the commenting form is not below, you need to log in. If you are not registered, you can do so here.

Please make sure your comments are truthful, on-topic and do not disrespect another poster. Don't be snarky or belittling. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

See our announcement about requiring registration for commenting.