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Air quality throughout the Bay Area

The Air District is issuing a smoke advisory for the North and East Bay areas, today Monday, October 16, 2017. Unhealthy air quality from the wildfires continues to plague the North Bay counties. Due to active wildfires and changing wind patterns, air quality throughout the Bay Area could be impacted for many days to come. Outside of the active fire areas, air quality will be variable and unpredictable.


It is important that Bay Area residents protect their health, especially in Napa, Sonoma and Solano counties. If possible, it is recommended that residents impacted by heavy smoke seek shelter in buildings with filtered air OR move outside the smoke impacted area until smoke levels subside.

Smoke can irritate the eyes and airways, causing coughing, a 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 here for real-time air quality readings: https://go.usa.gov/xnxJE.

There is a chance for rain to develop across the Bay Area later this week, especially over the North Bay, which will help reduce smoke fine particle pollution.

Temporary PM2.5 monitors are set up in Rohnert Park, Petaluma, Sonoma, Napa and Cordelia. Data can been viewed at AirNow wildfire website: https://airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=topics.smoke_wildfires.

Airborne ash will further impact fire ravaged areas for many months. Please refer to all health advisories issued in disaster recovery areas when re-entering burn zones.

View press release.

Current Air Quality SF Bay Area
Air Quality Index Levels of Health ConcernNumerical
Good0 to 50
Moderate51 to 100
Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups101 to 150
Unhealthy151 to 200
Very Unhealthy201 to 300
Hazardous301 to 500

Note: Values above 500 are considered Beyond the AQI. Follow recommendations for the “Hazardous category.” See additional information on reducing exposure to extremely high levels of particle pollution.

See the Current smoke impacts for Friday 10/13 and the weekend.



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