The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has called for a Spare the Air Alert for Friday while stating smoke from the Kincade Fire in Geyserville is forecasted to impact the Bay Area.
The Air District says it is monitoring smoke impacts from the Kincade Fire in Sonoma County and the northern portion of the Bay Area is currently experiencing smoke impacts. Additional smoke impacts are expected to spread across the Bay Area starting this evening.
“Smoke from the Kincade Fire is expected to spread throughout the Bay Area tomorrow,” s aid Jack Broadbent, executive officer of the Bay Area Air District. “It is important that residents protect their health and avoid smoke exposure by staying indoors, if heat is not an issue. If temperatures are too hot indoors, visit an air -cooling center or other facility, such as a library or other public building that has filtered air.”
As of 7:00 pm, CALFIRE stated the Kincade fire was at 16,000 acres and 5% contained.
The National Weather Service model is showing smoke entering the Bay Area between 8:00 am to 9:00 am with it becoming more widespread throughout the day.
Contra Costa County Health said with smoke moving from Sonoma County into Contra Costa County, to limit outdoor activity and try to stay indoors if possible.
Call your healthcare provider if your symptoms are severe or worsening.
- People who have asthma or a Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), such as emphysema
- People who have heart disease or high blood pressure
- Pregnant women and young children
- Older adults
People with asthma should continue to follow their asthma plan, and those with chronic lung or heart disease should continue to take their medications regularly. Keep at least five days of medication on hand.
Pregnant women, older adults and young children should avoid exposure to outside air whenever possible. Use of a mask is not an effective substitute for staying inside.
Consult your healthcare provider if you have concerns during a period of unhealthy air quality.
For more information: https://cchealth.org/wildfire-smoke/