Alta. wildfire smoke causing poor air quality in west-central Sask.

James Marshall
August 11, 2018

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District issued a "Spare the Air" alert for Thursday as smoke from the Mendocino Complex Fire, which is burning mostly in grasslands around Clear Lake, drifts into the area.

The smoke is expected to decrease across the alert area late Thursday morning.

"The Bay Area is suffering an air quality one-two punch - smog from auto exhaust and smoke from multiple wildfires", said Jack Broadbent, executive officer of the Air District, in a Wednesday press release.

Sacramento Air Quality Management District predicts that air quality will remain unsafe for sensitive individuals for the rest of the week, and Spare the Air days have been ordered through Wednesday. These potential negative health impacts may be exacerbated by prolonged smoke or ozone exposure. Sensitive groups include older adults, children, people who work or exercise outdoors, and those with heart conditions and respiratory ailments such as asthma, bronchitis and emphysema. Winds are expected to blow smoke into the North Bay and inland East Bay on Monday and Tuesday but will likely remain aloft and not impact ground-level air quality significantly.

The Spare the Air website is a useful site to monitor current air quality values.

Pollutants in smoke can cause burning eyes.runny nose.aggravate heart and lung diseases.and aggravate other serious health problems.

To limit exposure, the department of air quality recommends staying indoors when you see or smell smoke, keep windows and doors closed, schedule activities in the morning or evening, reduce driving, use mass transit or carpool, and fill up your gas tank after sunset.

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