Date

Sunday, September 27, 2020

The Air District is extending the Spare the Air Alert for wildfire smoke from the Glass Fire in Napa County and for smog through Monday, September 28, which bans burning wood, manufactured fire logs or any other solid fuel, both indoors and outdoors.

Spare the Air Status
No Wood Burning
Spare the Air Status
  • Tuesday,
    10/27

    No Spare the Air Alert in Effect

  • Wednesday,
    10/28

    No Spare the Air Alert in Effect

Wildfire smoke from the Glass Fire in Napa County that began overnight will continue to impact the North Bay. Smoke combined with high inland temperatures and vehicle exhaust is also expected to cause unhealthy smog, or ozone, accumulation in the Bay Area, mainly in the South Bay and East Bay. 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. Ozone, or smog, can cause throat irritation, congestion, chest pain, trigger asthma, inflame the lining of the lungs and worsen bronchitis and emphysema. Long-term exposure to ozone can reduce lung function. Ozone pollution is particularly harmful for young children, seniors and those with respiratory and heart conditions. When a Spare the Air Alert is issued, outdoor exercise should be done only in the early morning hours when ozone concentrations are lower.

If smoke reaches unhealthy levels, 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 allow. If temperatures are too hot indoors, visit an air-cooling center or other building that provides filtered air. It is also recommended that those impacted by smoke set their 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.

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: 9/27/2020