Possible impacts from smoke drifting southward from fires raging in the state’s north means vulnerable residents should plan their Labor Day activities accordingly, authorities said Thursday.
Data from meteorologists and other sources led Bay Area Air Quality Management District officials to issue the alert for Friday through Monday.
Residents who suffer from respiratory issues like asthma, emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder should filter their air, limit outside activities or try to move out of the area.
“Based on what we’re seeing now, we’re saying Bay Area residents may experience smoke impacts,” district spokesman Ralph Borrmann said Thursday.
“We do have off-shore winds, but they will be interrupted with periods of north and northeast winds. We’re expecting that can bring smoke into the area from Mendocino and even southern Oregon.”
Although the district does not currently expect most monitoring sites to exceed unhealthy levels for particulates and other materials, changeable conditions and a lack of predominant wind patterns could mean some Bay Area regions will see smoky skies aloft while others will smell it.
Residents may track conditions at https://www.sparetheair.gov for updates on conditions.
Contact George Kelly at 408-859-5180.
Smoke advisory: Bay Area residents face long, unhealthy weekend