Smog, Smoke Prompt Spare The Air Alert In The Bay Area Today

August 19, 2018 10:19 am · 5 comments

Continued smoke from Northern California wildfires, along with pollution from cars, has prompted the Bay Area Air Quality Management District to issue a Spare the Air Alert today.

Air quality is forecast to be unhealthy around the region and officials with the district warned that if the smell of smoke is present, Bay Area residents should stay inside if possible.

The district also urged the public to stay off the roads this weekend.

“The millions of vehicles on Bay Area roads during these hot summer months create unhealthy air quality and make breathing more difficult for many,” said Jack Broadbent, executive officer of the air district.

The alerts are issued when ozone pollution is forecast to reach unhealthy levels. Ozone, or smog, can cause throat irritation, congestion, chest pain, trigger asthma, inflame the lining of the lungs and worsen bronchitis and emphysema.

The Spare the Air alert for smog is the eighth issued this year by the district. An alert was also issued for today.

Real-time air quality readings around the Bay Area can be found at

photo: Claycord file photo

Kinsey Leakey August 19, 2018 at 11:25 AM

“The district also urged the public to stay off the roads this weekend”.


Yea right!

S August 19, 2018 at 12:32 PM

Stay off the roads today? Gladly! I feel a nap about to happen.

Bob August 19, 2018 at 12:58 PM

Hahaha. Liberal dream world. Eliminating car exhaust on a day like today isn’t even a drop in the bucket.

Citizen August 19, 2018 at 7:59 PM

Yes… our air quality is terrible! Anything we can do to not make it worse is a pretty good idea! Who wants to go out in this toilet bowl anyway?
Stay indoors and do something creative!

macawlady August 20, 2018 at 11:06 AM

You can set up Google to send you air quality alerts. It works quite well.

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