Air quality advisory extended through Sunday

The Dixie Fire destroys a home in the Plumas County town of Greenville, Aug. 4, 2021. Photo by Karl Mondon, Bay Area News Group

An air quality advisory issued by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District for Thursday and Friday because of wildfire smoke has been extended through Sunday as the smoke is expected to continue to impact the region.

The smoke from wildfires further north in California and in southern Oregon has mostly stayed aloft this week with occasional periods of smoke coming down to the surface, especially in higher elevations in the North Bay and East Bay.

However, the air quality is not expected to be bad enough to trigger a Spare the Air alert, and the air district says it will continue monitoring conditions through the region.

People are advised to stay inside with windows and doors closed if they smell smoke, and to set their air conditioning units to recirculate so outside air doesn’t move inside their building or vehicle.

Temperatures in Piedmont are forecast to reach the high 70s this weekend and dip to the high 50s overnight, according to the National Weather Service, with mostly sunny skies during the day and some cloud cover overnight.

The latest air quality readings from the district can be found on the air district website HERE.

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