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SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A Spare the Air Alert will remain in effect through Wednesday in the Bay Area.

The alert will expire Wednesday, after 30 days of Spare the Air conditions in the region.

There will likely be an advisory on Thursday in certain parts of the Bay Area for smoke, but the air will not be considered unhealthy.

A Spare the Air Alert has been extended through 9/16. Smoke from wildfires throughout California, Oregon, and Washington is causing unhealthy air quality in the region. Stay indoors with windows & doors closed to protect your health. For more info, visit

— Spare The Air (@SpareTheAir) September 14, 2020

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What are Spare the Air days?

Air quality in the Bay Area can be unhealthy at times throughout the year.

Spare the Air Alerts are called 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. Long-term exposure to ozone can reduce lung function. Ozone pollution is particularly harmful to young children, seniors and those with respiratory and heart conditions.

When a Spare the Air Alert is called, outdoor exercise should be done only in the early morning hours when ozone concentrations are lower. Residents are encouraged to reduce air pollution every day by rethinking their commute and avoiding driving alone.

Find out more about what the Air District is doing to address climate change in the nine-county Bay Area. Spare the Air-Cool the Climate is a blueprint for tackling regional air pollution and climate pollutants while improving the health of Bay Area residents for the next several decades. Check out the Bay Area Air Quality Management District's video about their vision on climate change:

On Spare the Air days or nights, there is no free transit.

Here's a list of simple things the public can do to make clean air choices every day:

  • Bike to work or around town

  • Take public transit

  • Work at home or telecommute

  • Carpool and link your errands to reduce driving

  • Avoid using gas-powered lawn mowers and leaf blowers

  • Reduce household energy use

  • Don't use lighter fluid on the barbecue

  • Avoid using aerosol spray cleaners, paints and hairspray

The Spare the Air smog season runs from May through October. The Winter Spare the Air season runs from November through February.

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is the regional agency responsible for protecting air quality in the Bay Area. For more information about Spare the Air, visit

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AccuWeather forecast: Foggy start then mostly sunny afternoon

We are dealing with areas of fog this morning and some morning drizzle along our coast. Clouds will break down this morning and the afternoon should feature a fair amount of sunshine and good air quality. Highs range from the mid-60s to mid-80s. Overnight expect patchy fog to again move in and around the Bay Shoreline. Lows fall into the low to upper 50s.

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Today's highs
Santa Rosa 82
San Francisco 70
Oakland 76
San Jose 79
Concord 86

Today: Fog to Some Sun
Highs: Mid 60s to Mid 70s
Tonight: Fog
Lows: Low to Mid 50s

East Bay:
Today: Mostly Sunny
Highs: Mid to Upper 70s
Tonight: Areas of Fog
Lows: Upper 50s

East Bay Valleys:
Today: Mostly Sunny
Highs: Mid 80s
Tonight: Partly Cloudy
Lows: Mid to Upper 50s

North Bay:
Today: Mostly Sunny
Highs: Lower 70s to Mid 80s
Tonight: Areas of Fog
Lows: Low to Mid 50s

Today: Fog to Sun
Highs: Mid 70s
Tonight: Areas of Fog
Lows: Mid to Upper 50s

South Bay:
Today: Mostly Sunny
Highs: Upper 70s to Mid 80s
Tonight: Areas of Fog
Lows: Mid to Upper 50s

Morning fog to sunshine. Our air quality declines a bit into the moderate category (PM 2.5 levels between 51-100). Highs range from the mid 60s to upper 80s.

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