Spare the Air Alert Ends After 30 Days

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After 30 days of smoky air, it is finally safe to open a window and let the air inside.

The West Coast wildfires caused orange skies and bad air quality, leaving most of the Bay Area inside in addition to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Smoke from wildfires may slightly impact local air quality and cause hazy skies. There is no Spare the Air Alert in effect Thursday or Friday and air quality is not expected to be unhealthy,” reported Spare the Air.

“Burning wood or other solid fuels indoors or outdoors are prohibited during alert days across the 9 Bay Area counties.” KTVU explained, “An advisory remains in effect, as the public is encouraged to refrain from wood burning, but the act will not be illegal on Thursday.”

The new Spare the Air alert record is more than double the previous record of 13 days, caused by the 2018 Camp Fire. When the Bay Area was under a 23-day streak, Bay Area Air Quality Management District Meteorologist, Charley Knoderer told KRON4, “The consecutive days are very alarming to us.”

California has also broken a record with wildfires as of September 16th, 3.4 million acres have burned in comparison to last years 152,000 acres burned. President Trump visited California Monday to see the devastation caused by the wildfires and discuss climate change with Governor Gavin Newsom.

 

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