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Air quality advisory through Monday

Residents who can smell smoke should stay indoors, close doors and windows

Smoke from the large Branscomb Fire in Solano County has prompted the Bay Area Air Quality Management District to declare an air quality advisory throughout the Bay Area through Monday.

By late Sunday afternoon the smoke from the Branscomb Fire was already thick south along the Interstate Highway 680 corridor through central Contra Costa County south as far as San Jose. While winds today have been largely from the north, changing wind patterns could mean air quality throughout the Bay Area could be impacted through Monday night.

Elevated particulate matter in the air can trigger wheezing in those who suffer from asthma, emphysema or COPD. The elderly, children and people with respiratory illnesses are particularly susceptible to elevated air pollution levels as caused by smoke from fires.

Residents who can smell smoke are urged to stay indoors with windows and doors closed, and with air conditioning units on "recirculate" so smoky air isn't drawn inside. If need be, consider moving to a location with

clean filtered air such as a public library, movie theater or shopping mall.

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