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Old 08-18-2018, 10:16 AM
 
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Hello everyone,

I'm taking my parents to visit the Bay Area next week. We're planning to visit the East Bay and hop on over to the Wine County area and then Muir woods.

I'm concerned about air quality around those areas-how bad is it? My parents are older, and I'd rather reschedule the trip if the air is really bad.
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Old 08-18-2018, 01:39 PM
 
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Right now the air has been mostly in the moderate range. The wildfires are mostly contained. While it is hazy, it certainly isn't at hazardous levels. Some days, the air is even in the good range when there are stronger ocean breezes from the west. I believe that next week is supposed to have a significant cool down, where the air quality will likely improve.

Now, if another major fire starts within the next few days, that could change the equation. I'd keep monitoring the news, but at present, I wouldn't change your plans.
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Old 08-20-2018, 06:47 AM
 
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Check purpleair.com. Depending on where you are, air quality can and has been quite bad. My parents in Walnut Creek have had unhealthy air quality for most of the past month or longer, between 100 and 190 for large particles. Bayside locations sometimes had good to moderate air quality during the same time, but the last few days have been above 100 even there. It isn't much mentioned on the news. But we've even smelled smoke at times depending on the wind.

Recently, we were in West Marin and found ourselves in rapidly deteriorating air quality. Driving through Lagunitas, the smoke was heavy in the air, our eyes and throats burned, and sure enough, when we checked that website, discovered that we had just driven through a pocket of very unhealthy air.

It's just been pervasive and unpredictable in terms of severity and location, depending on the wind direction, but it's been bad for weeks and weeks now.
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Old 08-20-2018, 11:37 AM
 
Location: Newark, CA
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One thing to consider is that with the current wildfires in Northern CA, the air quality has been changing on an almost daily basis. It all depends on the wind patterns. Yesterday was a Spare The Air day and from my house in Newark, I could barely see the hills a few miles away. It was very breezy yesterday and a lot of smoke blew into the Bay Area. Today the air seems much clearer.

Even when the visibility has been really bad, I still haven't noticed myself having any breathing problems though. I was at a park with my son yesterday and the air was orangey-brown in the distance but I didn't even notice a smoke smell at all.
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Old 08-20-2018, 06:26 PM
 
Location: Pac Heights San Francisco
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Strong smell of smoke in the city today. I've closed all my windows and my eyes are still watering.
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Old 08-20-2018, 11:47 PM
 
Location: The High Seas
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It's been a bit chewy today. Looking on the bright side though, if you're a smoker, it's free smokes for everyone.
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Old 08-21-2018, 07:15 PM
 
Location: Northern California
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One thing to consider is that with the current wildfires in Northern CA,
the air quality has been changing on an almost daily basis. It all depends on the wind patterns. Yesterday was a Spare The Air day and from my house in Newark, I could barely see the hills a few miles away. It was very breezy yesterday and a lot of smoke blew into the Bay Area. Today the air seems much clearer.

Even when the visibility has been really bad, I still haven't noticed myself having any breathing problems though. I was at a park with my son yesterday and the air was orangey-brown in the distance but I didn't even notice a smoke smell at all.
Very accurate observation.... it's hard to tell from one day to the next what the situation will be.
Not long ago, at times we'd have that tell-tale yellow-tinted sunlight from heavy smoke in the air.
But then the following day would be clear.
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Old 08-21-2018, 08:01 PM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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The best website for air quality in the SF Bay Area is the following:

Spare the Air
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Old 08-21-2018, 09:12 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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I'm in San Jose, and I don't smell smoke anymore.
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