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Smoke From Yosemite Fire Possible in Bay Area Monday

So far air quality in SF and Bay Area is “Good” but hazy/red tinted skies possible today.
By - posted 7/25/2022 No Comment

By Tony Hicks Bay City News Service

UPDATE: 10:15am Monday, July 25 2022: Drifting smoke from the massive Oak Fire burning near Yosemite will bring hazy skies to the Bay Area over the next few days, prompting air district officials to extend an air quality advisory through Wednesday.

As of 9 a.m. Monday, the Oak Fire had charred 16,791 acres in Mariposa County and was 10 percent contained, according to Cal Fire. More than 2,500 fire personnel are fighting the blaze, which was reported on Friday afternoon and exploded in size over the weekend.

Winds are pushing smoke from the wildfire to the Bay Area, but it’s expected to stay aloft and only higher elevations may experience the smell of smoke. An air quality advisory issued for Monday has been extended through Wednesday, according to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

Air quality is forecast to be good to moderate for the region and pollutant levels are not expected to exceed the national 24-hour health standard.

A Spare the Air Alert is not in effect, the air district said.

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District issued an advisory Sunday, saying smoke from the Oak Fire in Mariposa County near Yosemite will drift into Bay Area skies on Monday.

The district said the smoke is expected to remain high. The skies may be hazy, and the smell of smoke is possible, especially at higher elevations. Currently the smoke is not expected to be near the surface in the Bay Area. Expect slightly red/orange-tinted skies starting Monday.

On Monday morning the Bay Area Air Quality District sent an update saying that “Air quality is expected to remain in the good to moderate range in the coming days. If you do smell smoke, it’s best to avoid outdoor exercise and stay indoors with windows and doors closed.” The current air quality in the Bay Area is “Good” accordingly to AirNow

The air quality index can be checked at https://fire.airnow.gov/.

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