MENDOCINO Co., 10/24/19 — The Kincade Fire has grown to 16,000 acres in less than 24 hours, and as a result of the fast and shifting winds, the smoke from the fire has been present around the region, and is worsening air quality in Mendocino County and the greater Bay Area. Smoke is currently impacting the Anderson Valley and southern portions of Mendocino County, but the Mendocino County Air Quality Control Board issued an alert today noting that smoke may increase over the weekend as high winds return to the area.
As of Thursday, air quality in Mendocino County overall remains good, but smoke is visible in some southern portions of the county from the Kincade Fire burning in Sonoma, and shifting winds and increasing wind speeds indicate that the impact from smoke may increase around the region over the next several days. The National Weather Service centers in both Sacramento and San Francisco have released projections of how the smoke is expected to travel overnight and into Friday morning.
You can check the Mendocino County current air quality, which is updated hourly at this link, and we’ve also published more about how to protect yourself from smoke inhalation, including how to make a cheap home air purifier (that requires power to run). The full statement from the Air Quality district is below, and you can read our most recent coverage of the Kincade Fire here.