The Bay Area is currently under an air quality advisory until Thursday as smoke from wildfires near the California-Oregon border makes its way south. According to a map from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the greater Bay Area is experiencing moderate to unhealthy air quality as of Thursday morning. The North Bay had a Red Flag Warning in effect until Wednesday evening due to hot and windy conditions. The National Weather Service warned that these windy conditions could lead to the rapid spread of wildfires.
While there are no major wildfires burning in the Bay Area, the region is experiencing hazy and smoky skies due to several fires burning in Northern California. However, the National Weather Service stated on Thursday that the smoke is expected to clear throughout the day thanks to onshore winds. The National Weather Service also tweeted a video showing the smoky morning in North Bay due to fires in NorCal, indicating that the smoke is spreading across the Bay Area.
As for the fires burning in Northern California near the Oregon border, here are the latest updates:
1. Smith River Complex Fire: This wildfire in Del Norte County has burned over 79,000 acres as of Thursday and is only 7% contained. The fire started on August 15 in the Six Rivers National Forest, just south of the Oregon border.
2. Happy Camp Complex Fire: This wildfire in Siskiyou County has burned an estimated 25,503 acres and is 45% contained as of Wednesday afternoon. The fire began on August 16 in the Klamath National Forest near the community of Scott Bar.
3. Six Rivers National Forest Lightning Complex and Redwood Lightning Complex Fire: This wildfire spans over an estimated 14,783 acres and includes 20 separate fires. As of Thursday, it is 20% contained and burning in Humboldt County, north of Willow Creek.
4. Deep Fire: This wildfire in Trinity County is estimated to be 4,186 acres and 60% contained as of Thursday. Officials have noted an increase in fire behavior due to gusty conditions, primarily on the northeast corner of the fire.
5. South Fork Complex Fire: This wildfire consists of four separate fires in Humboldt County and is estimated to be 3,516 acres and 45% contained as of Wednesday.
In addition to the fires, PG&E, the power company, has initiated power shutoffs in eight California counties due to wildfire conditions. The affected counties include Colusa, Glenn, Lake, Napa, Shasta, Tehama, Yolo, and Butte, as well as two tribal areas. These power shutoffs are projected to impact approximately 8,400 PG&E customers.
Overall, the Bay Area is experiencing adverse air quality due to the smoke from wildfires in Northern California, and residents are advised to take precautions and stay updated on the latest information provided by local authorities and the National Weather Service.