Smoke from wildfires begins to clear after hazy day in SF

After turning San Francisco’s famous fog a hazy yellow on Sunday morning, the winds carrying smoke from wildfires in Northern California have begun to shift direction away from the Bay Area and toward the Central Valley.

Smoke largely billowing from the County Fire in Yolo County coated cars with ash and darkened the skies in San Francisco after the wildfire near Guinda doubled in size overnight. By the afternoon the fire had burned 22,000 acres with no containment and forced mandatory evacuations in the area.

But the skies became visibly clearer in The City later in the day. A meteorologist with the National Weather Service Bay Area said the winds that brought smoke southwest into the Bay Area are instead blowing nearly due south.

“There will still be a little bit of smoke from time to time, but less so than what we’ve seen,” said meteorologist Duane Dykema. “From this point, I think the areas that will be the most affected will be the North Bay.”

While the Bay Area could still see “a brief resurgence” of smoke, Dykema said “for the most part, the trend will be for improving air quality.”

A smoke advisory for the Bay Area from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District is still in effect Sunday. Officials recommend avoiding physical exercise and keeping children indoors.

Firefighters are also battling the Pawnee Fire in Lake County, which has so far burned 14,100 acres and in 73 percent contained, according to Cal Fire.

mbarba@sfexaminer.com

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