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Wildfire Smoke Prompts Spare the Air Alert Across the Bay Area

A Spare the Air Alert for smoke throughout the entire Bay Area region has been issued for Monday, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District said.

"Currently, smoke from the Kincade Fire and other local fires is mostly being pushed over the Pacific Ocean due to strong winds or is aloft over the region - localized impacts closest to the fire continue," the air district said in a statement, noting that winds are expected to shift to the northwest starting Monday afternoon.

When the winds shift, smoke is expected to impact the entire Bay Area, especially the North Bay, San Francisco and the East Bay, according to the air district

"Air quality is expected to be unhealthy Monday due to smoke from the Kincade Fire and potentially other local fires," said Jack Broadbent, executive officer of the Bay Area Air District. "It is critical that residents follow evacuation orders and instructions from local health officials to protect their health."

People who smell smoke are encouraged to stay indoors and close all doors and windows. It is also recommended that people set their air conditioning units and car ventilation systems to recirculate mode in order to avoid the smoky air. 

For real-time air quality readings from the air district, click here.

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