A Spare the Air Alert is in effect Wednesday, August 8 for the San Fransisco Bay Area.
The move comes after the Bay Area is experiencing smoke impacts from the Mendocino Complex Fire and other wildfires. Winds are expected to blow smoke into the North Bay and inland East Bay on Monday and Tuesday but will likely remain aloft and not impact ground-level air quality significantly.
Starting Tuesday afternoon into Wednesday, smoke impacts are expected to be more widespread and at ground level at times. Due to active wildfires and changing wind patterns, air quality throughout the Bay Area could be impacted through most of the week.
Concentrations of ground-level ozone pollution are forecast to be unhealthy. High levels of ozone pollution are harmful to breathe, especially for young children, seniors and those with respiratory and heart conditions.
Exhaust from vehicles on Bay Area roads accounts for more than half of the air pollution in the region. Bay Area residents are asked to drive less to reduce smog and improve air quality in the region. Residents are also encouraged to consider an all-electric vehicle as their next vehicle purchase to help reduce the amount of gas powered vehicles that contribute to unhealthy smog.
Change your daily commute by carpooling, vanpooling, taking transit, biking or walking instead of driving alone. Doing this will help reduce pollution levels and health concerns when temperatures are high. To learn how to change your commute online, visit 511.org.
To find out how your company could help you save money on your commute by offering commuter benefits, visit commuterbenefits.511.org.