Air quality advisory issued for Bay Area after wildfire in Butte County

Region also under a red flag warning, which applies to certain parts of Palo Alto foothills

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued an air quality advisory for Thursday and Friday because of the Camp Fire in Butte County that is expected to send smoke into the region.

The advisory was issued Thursday morning following the start of the Camp Fire northeast of the Bay Area, according to the air district.

PG&E has been mulling whether to proactively turn off power in certain counties at risk of wildfires. A red flag warning has been issued by the National Weather Service through Friday because of high winds and low relative humidity.

The warning applies to the Palo Alto foothills above 1000 feet, the city's Fire Department said in a tweet. The agency has stationed a wildland fire engine at Foothills Park while the warning is in effect as a precaution. A burn ban has also been issued for the foothills community, according to fire officials.

The department's engine 65 team has been deployed to the Camp Fire, which charred more than 18,000 acres as of Thursday afternoon, according to Cal Fire. The crew is part of the Santa Clara County strike team that is expected to arrive to Butte County around 7 p.m. Thursday.


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