Air quality expected to stay ‘unhealthy’ until rain comes


The dense, unhealthy smoke from the Camp Fire burning in Butte County has blanketed the Bay Area for more than a week.

The air quality on Sunday is expected to worsen and won’t improve for another couple of days.

The conditions are considered *unhealthy for sensitive groups* in San Francisco which is an improvement from Saturday’s conditions.

However, the East Bay remains at unhealthy levels.

The air quality over the weekend was the worst air quality ever recorded in the Bay Area.

The Bay had an AQI of nearly 300 on Friday through Saturday morning.

On Saturday night it dropped down to 156 which is much lower than it was but still considered unhealthy.

According to experts, the wind patterns this week are to blame for the increase we’ll be seeing today.

“On Monday, we have off-shore winds returning, so that’s the same kind of wind we saw yesterday, bringing smoke directly from the fire into the Bay Area again,” BAAQMID’s Sarah Zahed said. “So, we’re going to see smoke impacts again tomorrow.”

It’s not expected to be as bad as it was on Friday but it should stay within the unhealthy range which falls within the 151 to 200 range.

It will likely stay like this until we see some rain later in the week.

The Bay Area continues to be under a spare the air advisory, banning outdoor burning, among other things.

This means grilling and barbecuing outdoors is prohibited.



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