Smoke Advisory Issued for Parts of Contra Costa County

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Just before 5:00 pm Sunday, the Contra Costa County Public Health issued a smoke advisory for people in Central and South Central Contra Costa County

There is a large grass fire burning in Solano County. Due to the strong North winds the smoke and ash are being pushed into portions of Contra Costa County. The fire is expected to be burning through the night.

Everyone, especially children and people with preexisting respirator conditions who can see or smell smoke or see ash from this grass fire should reduce or limit their outdoor activities.

Anyone with preexisting respiratory conditions like asthma, emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder should filter their air, limit outside activities or try to move out of the area.

Masks are not a substitute for staying indoors. Masks such as the N-95 are not effective for untrained users and may be dangerous for people with lung or heart conditions.

N-95 masks may be helpful for people who must work outdoors if properly fitted. Employees should work with their employers for direction on when/how to use N-95 masks.

The smoke entering Contra Costa County was first being reported around 11:30 am with alerts coming shortly after from Contra Costa County Fire Protection District. The fire was a four-alarm Solano County fire. As of 5:30 pm, the Branscombe Fire was at 4,500 acres. Teh fire is off of Branscombe Road, south of Hwy 12, Suisun City (Solano County).

A red flag warning is in effect until 9:00 am Monday.