Date

Wednesday, September 09, 2020

The Air District is extending the Spare the Air Alert for wildfire smoke through Friday, September 11. This will be the 24th and 25th consecutive Spare the Air Alert called. Smoke from the many fires throughout California will continue to impact the Bay Area and produce unhealthy air quality in the region through Friday.

Spare the Air Status
No Wood Burning
Spare the Air Status
  • Thursday,
    10/1

    Spare the Air Alert in Effect

  • Friday,
    10/2

    Spare the Air Alert in Effect

Thick smoke is currently covering California and offshore. This morning, smoke is causing skies to look dark or orange across the Bay Area due to particles scattering blue light and only allowing yellow-orange-red light to reach the surface. It is illegal for Bay Area residents and businesses to use their fireplaces, wood stoves, pellet stoves, outdoor fire pits or any other wood-burning devices during a Spare the Air Alert for particulate pollution.

Spare the Air Alerts are issued when ozone or particulate matter pollution is forecast to reach unhealthy levels. If the smell of smoke is present or visible, it is important that Bay Area residents protect their health by avoiding exposure. If possible, stay inside with windows and doors closed until smoke levels subside. If temperatures are too hot indoors, visit an air-cooling center or other building that provides filtered air. It is also recommended that Bay Area residents set air conditioning units and car vent systems to re-circulate to prevent outside air from moving inside.

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

To find out when a Spare the Air Alert is in effect, residents can sign up for text alerts by texting the word “START” to 817-57, register for email AirAlerts at www.sparetheair.org, call 1(800) HELP-AIR, download the Spare the Air App or connect with Spare the Air on Facebook or Twitter.

Check the Air District's Current Air Quality page for real-time air quality readings.

View press release.

View Wildfire Safety web page.

Last Updated: 9/9/2020