Wednesday, February 07, 2018

The Air District is advising Bay Area residents that smoke from agricultural burns in the Northern Sacramento Valley will cause elevated levels of fine particulate pollution in the region today. 

Spare the Air Status

Northerly winds have moved smoke from agricultural burning in the Sacramento Valley into the Bay Area. A temperature inversion is trapping the smoke near the surface causing increased levels of air pollution and hazy skies.

While Bay Area air quality is not expected to exceed federal health standards today, individuals susceptible to elevated air pollution levels such as children, the elderly and individuals with respiratory illnesses should take extra precautions to avoid exposure. Smoke can irritate the eyes and airways, causing coughing, a scratchy throat and irritated sinuses. Elevated particulate matter in the air can trigger asthma attacks for those who suffer from respiratory illness.

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Last Updated: 2/8/2018