Check the air quality in Placer, Sacramento and El Dorado counties

JAVORA. WE CAN SEE THE MIST THERE. WHERE IS THE SON? EILEEN: WE HAD THE CLOUDS OF SKY AND THE MIST OF SMOKE. AIR QUALITY FAIR THIS MORNING. THIS IS A MIST VIEW IN FAIRFIELD. SOME OF THIS SPREAD YESTERDAY AND IT’S LEFT. TEMPERATURES WILL BE AT OR BELOW AVERAGE FOR THE AFTERNOON. 71 IN STOCKTON. 81 AT PLACEVILLE AIRPORT. THE TREND, LOWER TEMPERATURES COMPARED TO YESTERDAY. WE ARE DOWN 10 TO 20 DEGREES. YESTERDAY WE REACHED 107 IN SACRAMENTO. TODAY WE CAN SEE 90 DEGREES. THE MOST CONCENTRATED AREAS OF SMOKE FROM THE MOSQUITO FIRE ARE IN THE FOOTHILLS. HIGHWAY 50 NORTH MAINLY ALONG THE HIGHWAY 80 CORRIDOR, AT THIS TIME VISIBILITY IS REDUCED TO APPROXIMATELY 800 MILE. DEEP LAYER IN THE COLFAX AREA, GRASS VALLEY. PLACEVILLE AREA JUST AT THE BORDER TO SEE SMOKE. IT HAS REALLY IMPROVED IN KAREN PARK, FOLSOM WITHOUT AIR QUALITY AT THIS TIME. THE CLOUDS ARE RISING TODAY. 91 IN MODESTO TODAY. 86 AT FAIRFIELD. 93 AT MARYSVILLE. UPPER 80S IN AND AROUND THE SOUTHERN LAKE TAHOE REGION TODAY. WE WILL SEE HOW COOLER IT WILL BE IN THE DAYS TO COME, AHEAD. LETICIA: MOSQUITO FIRE DISTRICT STILL BURNS IN PLACER COUNTY. WE HAVE JUST RECEIVED NEW ISSUES IN OUR NEWSROOM. THE FIRE HAS GROWN TO OVER 33,000 ACRES WITH 0% CONTAINMENT. ERIN HEFT JOINS US FROM MOSQUITO RIDGE ROAD THE DETAILS. ERIN: THESE NEW NUMBERS ARE NOT SURPRISING. I SPOKE TO CAL FIRE LAST NIGHT AND EARLY THIS MORNING THEY SAY CONTAINMENT IS REALLY HARD TO PUT ON FIRE. TEAMS UP AND DOWN THE MOSQUITO READ ROAD. I WANT TO SHOW YOU WHAT THESE VALLEYS LOOK LIKE THIS MORNING. WE ARE ON THE PLACER SIDE OF THIS FIRE. THIS IS THE GROUND ON WHICH THESE FIRE CREWS WORK. THAT’S WHY CALFIRE SAYS IT’S SO DIFFICULT TO CONTAIN THE FIRE. YOU CAN SEE HOW SLOPE THIS AREA IS. THIS IS NOT RARE IN THIS AREA. IT’S REALLY JUST CRAWLING ALONG THESE LOWS IN THESE AREAS. WATCH THIS MORNING. THE SMOKE SPEAK FOR ITSELF. IT’S NOT LIKE OTHER WILD FIRES, NOT PAINFUL TO BREATHE RIGHT NOW, BUT IT IS DANGEROUS AIR. I WANT TO SHOW YOU WHAT IT LOOKED LIKE THIS MORNING AS THE FIRE TEAMS FIGHTED THE FIRES. THIS REPRESENTS THE PICTURE, CALFIRE EXPLAINS WHY IT’S SO HARD TO UNDERSTAND. THEY SAY TWO THINGS ARE ON THE WAY TO CONTAINMENT, THE ENVIRONMENT, THESE SPOT FIRES, AND TIME. IT WAS EXCESSIVELY HOT AND DRY. BUT A LIGHT OF HOPE NOW. THE WEATHER IS EXPECTED TO TAKE A DROP IN TEMPERATURE. AT THIS TIME, THE HUMIDITY IS HIGHER IN THESE HILLS. CALFIRE SAYS THERE IS HOPE THIS MORNING. THE HILLS ARE EXCEPTIONALLY FULL OF SMOKE, HAZARDOUS AIR QUALITY HERE. WE WILL HAVE LAB REPORTS ALL MORNING TO SHOW YOU WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE

Dangerous air affects parts of Sacramento area due to Mosquito Fire

Smoke from the Mosquito Fire burning in Placer and El Dorado counties is bringing unsafe air quality to parts of the Sacramento area Saturday, according to Spare the Air.

Shifting winds could help improve air quality in parts of the Sacramento area, but dangerous air will persist in areas near the Mosquito Fire on Saturday, according to Spare the Air. The Sacramento Metropolitan, El Dorado, Feather River, Placer and Yolo-Solano air districts forecast moderate to hazardous air quality for the region over the weekend. Watch the full forecast, air quality outlook and an update on the mosquito fire in the video player aboveSaturday’s Air Quality Forecast Meteorologist Eileen Javora said the worst quality of the air was in the Foothills. There will be relief in sight for the valley as delta breezes push smoke up the hill on Saturday. People with lung and respiratory problems should avoid strenuous and prolonged outdoor activities which could worsen their conditions in polluted air. People are also advised to wear N95 masks which can filter out smoke particles. | VIDEO BELOW | LiveCopter 3 has a view of smoky conditions over Placer County on Friday. Here are some recommended ways to reduce your exposure to smoke: Stay indoors with doors and windows closed; if possible, run air conditioner in “recirculation” mode Limit outdoor physical activity Leave areas affected by smoke if possible until conditions improve Reduce unnecessary driving. If you are traveling in areas affected by smoke, make sure your vehicle’s ventilation system is in “recirculation” mode. Non-HEPA paper face mask filters and bandana-style face coverings are not able to filter out extra fine smoke particles, which are much smaller. . Therefore, they will not be useful in protecting individuals from smoke-related impacts. Information on the use of masks and face coverings during smoke strikes can be found here. Learn more about Placer County Smoke here. | VIDEO BELOW | Meteorologist Dirk Verdoorn walks us through a closer look at the weather conditions surrounding the Mosquito Fire

Shifting winds could help improve air quality in parts of the Sacramento area, but dangerous air will persist in areas near the Mosquito Fire on Saturday, according to Spare the Air.

The Sacramento Metropolitan, El Dorado, Feather River, Placer and Yolo-Solano air districts forecast moderate to hazardous air quality for the region over the weekend.

  • Watch the full forecast, air quality outlook and an update on the Mosquito Fire in the video player above

Air quality forecast for Saturday

  • El Dorado: Moderate
  • Placer: Dangerous
  • Sacramento: Moderate
  • Yolo Solano: Moderate

Air quality forecast for Sunday

  • Eldorado: unhealthy
  • Placer: Dangerous
  • Sacramento: unhealthy
  • Yolo Solano: Moderate

KCRA 3 meteorologist Eileen Javora said the worst air quality was in the Foothills. There will be relief in sight for the valley as delta breezes push smoke up the hill on Saturday.

People with lung and respiratory problems should avoid strenuous and prolonged outdoor activities that could worsen their condition in polluted air. People are also advised to wear N95 masks which can filter out smoke particles.

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| VIDEO BELOW | LiveCopter 3 has a view of smoky conditions over Placer County on Friday

Here are some recommended ways to reduce your exposure to smoke:

  • Stay indoors with windows and doors closed; if possible, run the air conditioner on the “recirculation” setting
  • Limit physical activity outdoors
  • Leave smoke-affected areas if possible until conditions improve
  • Reduce unnecessary driving. If you are traveling in smoke-affected areas, make sure your vehicle’s ventilation system is on “recirculation”
  • Non-HEPA paper face mask filters and bandana-style face coverings are not able to filter out extra fine smoke particles, which are much smaller. Therefore, they will not be useful in protecting individuals from smoke-related impacts. Information on the use of masks and face coverings during smoke strikes can be found here.

Learn more about Placer County Smoke here.

| VIDEO BELOW | Meteorologist Dirk Verdoorn walks us through a closer look at the weather conditions surrounding the Mosquito Fire

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