Track air quality as wildfire smoke blankets Sacramento region

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People across the Sacramento region woke up to hazy skies on Wednesday as wildfire smoke threatened air quality across the region. Downtown Sacramento smelled of smoke and a camera with a view over the Capitol showed a thick, gray layer of smoke crowding out much of the sunlight during morning hours. KCRA 3’s weather team says Wednesday is a Weather Alert Day for unhealthy air quality.Air quality continues to worsen across the region as smoke from wildfires moves into the area, meteorologist Tamara Berg said. “The wind shift from the north has helped to spread this smoke across the Valley floor,” Berg said. “We can expect thick rounds of smoke through the day and air quality readings above 150 for particulates. This is deemed unhealthy for even a healthy individual. The best way to stay safe is to stay out of the smoke, close windows and watch the air quality reports throughout the day.”Use the map below to track air quality where you liveThe Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District said conditions are expected to improve Friday and Saturday. It stressed that if you smell smoke, you should go indoors or move to another location. | MORE | Wildfire Map: Here’s where California fires are burningPeople who are especially at risk from smoke include children, the elderly and people with respiratory or heart conditions.Those with symptoms of a cough or shortness of breath should contact their doctor. | VIDEO BELOW | Timing out winds and tracking smoke

People across the Sacramento region woke up to hazy skies on Wednesday as wildfire smoke threatened air quality across the region.

Downtown Sacramento smelled of smoke and a camera with a view over the Capitol showed a thick, gray layer of smoke crowding out much of the sunlight during morning hours.

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KCRA 3’s weather team says Wednesday is a Weather Alert Day for unhealthy air quality.

Air quality continues to worsen across the region as smoke from wildfires moves into the area, meteorologist Tamara Berg said.

“The wind shift from the north has helped to spread this smoke across the Valley floor,” Berg said. “We can expect thick rounds of smoke through the day and air quality readings above 150 for particulates. This is deemed unhealthy for even a healthy individual. The best way to stay safe is to stay out of the smoke, close windows and watch the air quality reports throughout the day.”

Use the map below to track air quality where you live

The Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District said conditions are expected to improve Friday and Saturday.

It stressed that if you smell smoke, you should go indoors or move to another location.

| MORE | Wildfire Map: Here’s where California fires are burning

People who are especially at risk from smoke include children, the elderly and people with respiratory or heart conditions.

Those with symptoms of a cough or shortness of breath should contact their doctor.

| VIDEO BELOW | Timing out winds and tracking smoke

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