Oak Fire: Air quality advisory issued as smoke from Mariposa Co. wildfires expected to reach San Francisco Bay Area


SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) – The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued an air quality advisory as smoke from the Oak Fire in Mariposa County is expected to drift into the Bay Area on Monday.

Smoke should remain in the air, but hazy skies may be visible and a smell of smoke is possible at high altitudes, the agency tweeted.

The National Weather Service says Bay Area residents can expect hazy, slightly red and orange skies by Monday morning.

The fire started on Friday southwest of the park near the town of Midpines in Mariposa County. Officials on Saturday described “explosive fire behavior” as flames swept through very dry vegetation caused by the worst drought in decades.

By Sunday, the fire had consumed more than 22 square miles (56 square km) of forest land, without containment, Cal Fire said. The cause was under investigation.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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