Contra Costa County, California – East Contra Costa County is still experiencing difficulties as a result of the Marsh Fire, and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District has extended an air quality alert for wildfire smoke in the area until Monday.
It is anticipated that the smoke from the fire that has been burning for the last six weeks will continue to affect the communities of Pittsburg, Antioch, Oakley, and Brentwood. Pollution levels may increase throughout the night starting at 10 p.m. when the daytime winds that are dispersing smoke die down.
Officials from the air district do not anticipate that the levels of pollution will surpass the national 24-hour health standard. There is currently no Spare the Air Alert in force, and it is anticipated that the air quality will be at a moderate level overall.
During this time, the air district will keep a close eye on the quality of the air in the area.
Officials are advising residents to avoid exposure to smoke and stay inside their homes with doors and windows closed if the temperature allows.
Real-time air quality can be checked on the Bay Area Air Quality Management District website.