3rd consecutive Spare the Air alert issued for today


The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a third consecutive Spare the Air alert for Wednesday because of unhealthy ozone accumulation forecasted.

The alert, prompted by triple-digit temperatures inland, light wind and vehicle exhaust combining to create unhealthy air conditions in the region, is the 11th of the summer season, according to the air district.

Smoke from the Soberanes Fire in Monterey County is also expected to impact the Bay Area's air quality over the next several days, air district officials said.

"It's important that residents take precautions to protect their health by avoiding outdoor activities, especially when they can smell smoke, and avoid driving to reduce overall pollution," air district executive officer Jack Broadbent said in a statement.

Ozone, otherwise known as smog, can cause throat irritation, congestion, chest pain and worsen bronchitis and emphysema, among other health problems, according to the air district.

Residents are encouraged to carpool, bike, walk or take public transit to work instead of driving alone. A list of commute programs available can be found online at

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

— Bay City News Service


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Posted by Environmentally concerned
a resident of Ruby Hill
on Jul 27, 2016 at 9:27 am

Give your yard and your yard guys a break with the mowers and blowers this week! Things are not growing in this heat/drought anyway. They can use a rake or broom if they see something out of place. Did you know that yard equipment causes more pollution than cars do?

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Posted by local
a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Jul 27, 2016 at 11:24 am

We have three spare the air days in a row and off of Vineyard Avenue are all these construction trucks, moving dirt (adding to particulate matter), and fumes from trucks. Why are these construction trucks able to be working in this spare the air? You can see the dust in the air around there and see the smoke from the exhaust of the trucks.

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