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Smoky skies trigger air quality alert for Sonoma County

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Smoky skies settle over Sonoma County, creating a filtered sunset, Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021, as wildfire rage in northeast California. Photograph taken from the Geysers area of Sonoma County. (Kent Porter / The Press Democrat)

Smoky skies trigger air quality alert for Sonoma County

An air quality advisory was issued for Sonoma County through Tuesday as smoke from wildfires to the north continued to blow into the area.

The smoke was expected to stay high in the air and cover Sonoma County in haze, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District said.

A thick marine layer also blanketed Sonoma County on Monday. The fog brought some moisture to the ground, according to the National Weather Service, which recorded 0.03 inches of precipitation in Santa Rosa in the 48 hours leading up to Monday morning.

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Smoke lingers over North Bay, with air quality alert extended to Friday, but weekend conditions to improve

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Hazy skies above Petaluma at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. Sonoma Mountain is to the right. (Jerrie Patterson)

Smoke lingers over North Bay, with air quality alert extended to Friday, but weekend conditions to improve

Hazy skies above Petaluma at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. Sonoma Mountain is to the right. (Jerrie Patterson)

Raging wildfires across Northern California have funneled smoke into the Bay Area this week, resulting in unhealthy air quality in some areas of Sonoma County.

Regulators have extended their Spare the Air alert for the region into a second day on Friday.

However, conditions are expected to improve in the next few days as winds come to clear out some smoke and provide relief.

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Sonoma County air quality set to drop as more smoke from Northern California wildfires approaches

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From left, Lucy Whitney, Sarah Jacobs and her daughter Charlotte take Finn for a walk at Crane Creek Regional Park as Smoke from forest fires in far Northern California settles in, Friday, Aug. 6, 2021. (Kent Porter / The Press Democrat) 2021

Sonoma County air quality set to drop as more smoke from Northern California wildfires approaches

From left, Lucy Whitney, Sarah Jacobs and her daughter Charlotte take Finn for a walk at Crane Creek Regional Park as Smoke from forest fires in far Northern California settles in, Friday, Aug. 6, 2021. (Kent Porter / The Press Democrat) 2021

A wind shift is expected to push more wildfire smoke from Northern California into Sonoma County on Wednesday, adding to the layer of haze blanketing the sky, air quality officials said.

The forecast has prompted the Bay Area Air Quality Management District to issue an air quality advisory for the region on Wednesday, said spokesman Aaron Richardson.

With offshore winds set to blow smoke over the Bay Area, air quality is expected to drop to moderate levels and is not expected to exceed federal health standards.

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