It’s not cloudy outside in Hollister and San Juan Bautista. That’s haze from the Camp Fire in Butte County, and it’s causing “unhealthy” air quality in the area for sensitive groups, according to the Monterey Bay Air Resources District.
Hollister had a rating of 129 on Saturday. That falls into the unhealthy for sensitive groups category. It’s a notch down from the moderate conditions Friday in Hollister. That’s when San Benito Live spoke with a air resources district spokesman about the conditions.
Local residents will want to take precaution due to air conditions.
David Frisbey, planning and air monitoring manager for the Monterey Bay Air Resources District, warned about the prospects for the current level. He said at the unhealthy level, residents will want to do things like limit their physical activity outside.
“It’s probably just best to not do anything like exercise or go for a run,” he said.
“Pay attention to your own experience,” he said. “If the smoke’s bothering you, then that’s a good indication you should probably stay inside.”
According to a press release sent out Friday from the air resources district:
Smoke transported from wildfires currently burning in northern California have degraded air quality throughout Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz counties, causing the concentration of smoke to reach levels of the Air Quality Index (AQI) that are MODERATE or UNHEALTHY FOR SENSITVE GROUPS in some areas of the region and as high as UNHEALTHY in Santa Cruz earlier today. Conditions are subject to change depending on wind and fire activity. As a result, air quality will be variable and unpredictable. The Air District will continue to follow the situation and issue advisories when appropriate.
The Monterey Bay Air Resources District tracks real time air quality in our region. Updates on the current air quality forecast can be found on the Air District website at: http://mbard.org/air-quality/.