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Spare the Air alert issued for Tuesday for Bay Area as smoke streams from wildfires

Air district advises anyone who smells smoke to stay indoors

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued yet another Spare the Air alert for Tuesday because of smoke from the Kincade Fire in Sonoma County that is expected to spread south across much of the region.

Smoke from the wildfire, which has burned more than 75,400 acres since starting Wednesday night near Geyserville, is expected to impact air quality through midday Tuesday, according to the air district.

Later Tuesday, offshore winds are expected to move the smoke over the Pacific Ocean, but other fires in the Bay Area could also impact air quality, district officials said.

If people smell smoke, the air district recommends that they stay inside with windows and doors closed, and should set air conditioning units and car vent systems to re-circulate to prevent smoky air from moving inside.

People can find real-time air quality readings here and can sign up for text alerts from the air district by texting "START" to 817-57 or visit

People can find out when a Spare the Air alert is in effect by visiting, calling 800-HELP-AIR (4357-247), downloading the Spare the Air smartphone app for iPhone or Android devices or connecting with Spare the Air on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 28, 2019 at 2:39 pm

The air was a lot worse yesterday than today so far.

What are schools doing about PE?

What are sports doing about after school activities? AYSO, etc?

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