Bay Area Hit With Wildfire Smoke (Again)

Spare the Air Alert Called

KCBS Radio Morning News
November 09, 2018 - 7:00 am

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS Radio) -- Air quality in the Bay Area plunged into "unhealthy" levels Friday as smoke from the distant Camp Fire in Butte County blanketed the region.

Readings from the US Environmental Protection Agency's website  tell the story. On Friday morning, Santa Rosa showed an Air Quality Index (AQI) of 189. That's in the "unhealthy" category and not far from the "very unhealthy" level of 200.

San Francisco showed an AQI of 183, Oakland was at 160, and San Rafael at 157--all in the "unhealthy" category. The prime culprit is smoke-borne particulate matter known as PM 2.5, referring to  particles or droplets that are 2.5 microns or less in width.

For those in the "unhealthy" air quality areas, experts advised people with heart or lung disease, older adults, and  children and teens to avoid strenuous outdoor activities.Keep outdoor activities short.Consider moving physical activities indoors or rescheduling.

Santa Rosa Junior College, Sonoma State University, and numerous Sonoma County schools announced they would cancel classes on Friday due to the air quality.

Air quality was marginally better to the south, with San Jose registering a Friday morning AQI of 92, in the "moderate" air pollution category.

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District issued an Air Quality Advisory for the Bay Area, effective through Friday.