UPDATE: 9/14 at 1:30PM PST
Spare the Air alert has been extended to Wednesday, 9/16. This will mark 30 consecutive days.
Monday marked the 28th consecutive day of Spare the Air Alerts in the Bay Area, after fires have been terrorizing the West Coast.
During these spare the air alerts, people are encouraged to stay indoors to avoid breathing in unhealthy air. The particles from the smoke are harmful to your lungs and can cause future health problems. Please keep this in mind as many restaurants have opened outdoor dining.
"Poor air quality can irritate the eyes, nose, and throat, cause shortness of breath, aggravate asthma and other respiratory conditions, and affect the heart and cardiovascular system. Breathing polluted air for long periods of time can cause more serious problems." - Spare the Air
Please avoid lighting fireplaces, wood stoves, pellet stoves, and outdoor fire pits or any other wood-burning devices, as these are currently prohibited until the alert has been lifted and air quality improved.
According to the Spare the Air Website:
The Air District issues a daily forecast that predicts air pollution levels for the coming five-day period. A Spare the Air Alert is called when air quality is forecast to be unhealthy in any one of the reporting zones. An alert may span over two days if air quality is expected to remain unhealthy.
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