Smoke from wildfires raging across parts of California continues to blanket the Bay Area and air quality monitors say Coastsiders should limit their outdoor activities on Friday as a result.
The biggest fire in the state — and the one having a direct effect on Coastside air quality — is the so-called Camp Fire in Butte County. As of Friday morning, CalFire said 70,000 acres had burned there and that it was only 5 percent contained. As many as 15,000 structures were threatened by the fire and many people had been evacuated.
Making matters even worse, officials said at least one of the shelters was full and that many roads were closed in the area.
The Camp Fire was not the only fire of note. Large fires with little or no containment raged in Ventura, Solano and Mendocino counties. In Santa Cruz County, 45 firefighters continued to work the Rincon Fire, which had burned 17 acres and was now 90 percent contained.
Air quality was expected to improve throughout the Bay Area as the weekend progresses. While on Friday parts of the North Bay were under a red alert, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District reported Friday morning that the entire area should return to “moderate” conditions by Saturday. That means that unusually sensitive people should still consider limiting their outdoor exertion.