Wildfire Smoke To Return To Bay Area This Weekend

Spare The Air Alert Issued For Saturday

After a brief period of relief, wildfire smoke is expected to return to the Bay Area this weekend.

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District issued a Spare the Air alert for Saturday.

“We’re expecting the smoke to arrive, probably mid-day Saturday,” said Charlie Noterer, meteorology manager with the BAAQMD. “It’s coming from the August Complex located over in Mendocino County.”

Noterer told KCBS Radio that the smoke may linger into Sunday.

“We’re expecting AQI levels in the orange, or Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups level, so it’s not quite as bad as what we saw over the last few weeks,” he added.

The winds moving the smoke into the Bay Area are coming from the north, Brayden Murdock, a meterologist with the National Weather Service, said.

However, he added that they aren’t the kind of winds that are likely to start more fires, and won’t put residents immediately into any danger.

Things are slightly better in Yosemite National Park, as well, but Half Dome is still not visible and it’s still too dangerous to open the park, Ranger Scott Gediman told KCBS Radio.

“So, at this point, with the inversion expected to continue throughout the weekend, our plan is to keep Yosemite National Park closed through the weekend and then assess conditions early next week,” he said. “When the air quality improves and it becomes safe for the park employees and park visitors to come back, we’ll be happy to welcome visitors back to Yosemite National Park.”