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Wildfire smoke darkens sky while layer of fog protects Bay Area air quality

Orange-red tint due to smoke from August Complex fires in Mendocino County, air quality district says

Smoke from the August Complex fires in Mendocino County settled on top of a marine layer in the Bay Area Wednesday, turning the sky various shades of red and orange.

According to Bay Area Air Quality Management District spokesman Ralph Borrmann, the smoke is filtering out blue light, giving skies around the Bay Area a red-orange tint.

In addition to smoke from the August fires, the Bay Area branch of the National Weather Service noted on Twitter that lower temperatures and weaker winds compared to the last several days are allowing wildfire smoke suspended in the air to fall closer to the ground, contributing to the sky color change.

Borrmann said that while the air district extended its Spare the Air alerts through Friday, air quality is not being adversely affected by the smoke because the marine layer is, in effect, insulating low-lying areas.

Parts of the Bay Area at higher elevations may be more susceptible to poor air quality, but parts of the Bay Area that lie at or close to sea level are not being adversely affected like in previous days.

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The sky color is not expected to change much from its current state in the next day, according to Borrmann.

Updates about air quality in the Bay Area can be found at baaqmd.gov.

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Wildfire smoke darkens sky while layer of fog protects Bay Area air quality

Orange-red tint due to smoke from August Complex fires in Mendocino County, air quality district says

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Smoke from the August Complex fires in Mendocino County settled on top of a marine layer in the Bay Area Wednesday, turning the sky various shades of red and orange.

According to Bay Area Air Quality Management District spokesman Ralph Borrmann, the smoke is filtering out blue light, giving skies around the Bay Area a red-orange tint.

In addition to smoke from the August fires, the Bay Area branch of the National Weather Service noted on Twitter that lower temperatures and weaker winds compared to the last several days are allowing wildfire smoke suspended in the air to fall closer to the ground, contributing to the sky color change.

Borrmann said that while the air district extended its Spare the Air alerts through Friday, air quality is not being adversely affected by the smoke because the marine layer is, in effect, insulating low-lying areas.

Parts of the Bay Area at higher elevations may be more susceptible to poor air quality, but parts of the Bay Area that lie at or close to sea level are not being adversely affected like in previous days.

The sky color is not expected to change much from its current state in the next day, according to Borrmann.

Updates about air quality in the Bay Area can be found at baaqmd.gov.

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Downtown Parent
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Professorville
on Sep 10, 2020 at 10:59 am
Downtown Parent, Professorville
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on Sep 10, 2020 at 10:59 am
18 people like this

You must be kidding. The air quality is good? Never in my life, I saw a layer of ash covering everything like it was yesterday. Even when the smell of smoke was so evident, it was not that bad.
Check/wipe you windows, porches, cars, etc - the black residue is everywhere. And that´s what we are inhaling.


Novelera
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Midtown
on Sep 10, 2020 at 12:29 pm
Novelera, Midtown
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on Sep 10, 2020 at 12:29 pm
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Something I noticed in news stories about the wildfires and orange air in East Coast publications was a hint of schadenfreude.


dontliveinCA
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another community
on Sep 10, 2020 at 3:13 pm
dontliveinCA, another community
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on Sep 10, 2020 at 3:13 pm
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to Novelera....pardon me? Pls cite some examples. I live on the east coast....went to college in the Bay Area....have relatives there.....I have been following news of the fires closely....haven't seen any "schadenfreude" as you mention


Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
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Adobe-Meadow
on Sep 11, 2020 at 11:43 pm
Resident 1-Adobe Meadows, Adobe-Meadow
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on Sep 11, 2020 at 11:43 pm
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Weather changes. Yes - we did have one day in which the smoke was trapped above the fog. Then a change and now the smoke is trapped below the fog. When you look outside the fog is mixed with the smoke to create a horrible combination that can directly affect your lungs. Watch the news daily to see how the offshore effect is pushing onto the land. Also the fires in the north are creating smoke that is coming down here. We are now being affected by fires in Oregon. Every day is different based on fires and fog.


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