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Air quality advisory issued through Tuesday

Wildfire smoke will continue drifting through the Bay Area

A smoky sky over the Santa Cruz Mountains photographed from Portola Valley on Aug. 18, 2021. Photo by Magali Gauthier.

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is extending an air quality advisory for wildfire smoke through Tuesday.

Smoke from Californian wildfires is expected to continue to impact the Bay Area on Tuesday. Lofted smoke is expected to cause hazy and smoky skies, but pollution levels are not expected to exceed federal health standards and no Spare the Air Alert is in effect.

Air quality is expected to be in the good-to-moderate range on the air quality index. The air district will be closely monitoring air quality throughout the region for smoke impacts from the fires.

Officials say it's important to avoid exposure to smoke. If possible, stay inside with windows and doors closed until smoke levels subside, if temperatures allow. They also recommend that those impacted by smoke set their air conditioning units and car vent systems to recirculate to prevent outside air from moving inside.

Smoke can irritate the eyes and airways, causing coughing, a scratchy throat and irritated sinuses. Elevated particulate matter in the air can trigger wheezing in those who suffer from asthma, emphysema or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Elderly people, children and individuals with respiratory illnesses are particularly susceptible to elevated air pollution levels and should take extra precautions to avoid exposure.

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Air quality advisory issued through Tuesday

Wildfire smoke will continue drifting through the Bay Area

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Uploaded: Tue, Aug 24, 2021, 11:35 am

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is extending an air quality advisory for wildfire smoke through Tuesday.

Smoke from Californian wildfires is expected to continue to impact the Bay Area on Tuesday. Lofted smoke is expected to cause hazy and smoky skies, but pollution levels are not expected to exceed federal health standards and no Spare the Air Alert is in effect.

Air quality is expected to be in the good-to-moderate range on the air quality index. The air district will be closely monitoring air quality throughout the region for smoke impacts from the fires.

Officials say it's important to avoid exposure to smoke. If possible, stay inside with windows and doors closed until smoke levels subside, if temperatures allow. They also recommend that those impacted by smoke set their air conditioning units and car vent systems to recirculate to prevent outside air from moving inside.

Smoke can irritate the eyes and airways, causing coughing, a scratchy throat and irritated sinuses. Elevated particulate matter in the air can trigger wheezing in those who suffer from asthma, emphysema or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Elderly people, children and individuals with respiratory illnesses are particularly susceptible to elevated air pollution levels and should take extra precautions to avoid exposure.

More information on air quality readings can be found at baaqmd.gov/highs.

Comments

Steven Nelson
Registered user
Cuesta Park
on Aug 26, 2021 at 4:46 pm
Steven Nelson, Cuesta Park
Registered user
on Aug 26, 2021 at 4:46 pm

The school district (MVWSD) is holding a quickly called Special Meeting tonight on their smoke/air quality plan.

Some good - but wish their staff/administration would better understand MERV 13 vs. HEPA filters, and the futility of throwing in small "HEPA-like' room fan-filters when a full HVAC smoke system is called for. If you bring in smoke filled air, for 5 air changes an hour, but only filter the 3/10 um - 1 um smoke at 80% ...


AmyGregory
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Castro City
on Oct 29, 2021 at 10:05 am
AmyGregory, Castro City
Registered user
on Oct 29, 2021 at 10:05 am

Thank you very much for all these articles that keep the locals informed. This is a very good initiative, because this is how everyone will understand whether it is possible to ventilate their apartments and houses, whether it is possible to go for a long walk, etc.


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