The Bay Area Air Quality Management District today issued a health advisory for residents in the region because of increased pollution caused by wildfires in southern Oregon.
Elevated particulate levels are expected through much of the Bay Area as the smoke moves along the California coast and is drawn into the region by onshore winds, according to the advisory issued by the air district this afternoon.
The particulate levels are expected to remain elevated on Tuesday but will not reach the unhealthy levels of today, district officials said.
Bay Area residents are advised to reduce their exposure to the smoky air by limiting their outdoor activities and setting their air conditioning units and car vent systems to recirculate.
A Spare the Air alert was not issued as a result of the smoke and no ban on burns in the Bay Area is in place, according to the air district.
More information about air quality in the Bay Area can be found online at www.baaqmd.gov.
Dan McMenamin, Bay City News