Camp Fire smoke has hit the re­gion

The Sacramento Bee - - Local - BY ANNA BUCHMANN abuch­

Pushed by north winds, smoke from the dev­as­tat­ing Butte County wild­fire hung over the Sacra­mento re­gion on Fri­day and was likely to af­fect air qual­ity over the week­end and into next week, of­fi­cials re­ported.

Air par­ti­cle lev­els in the Sacra­mento re­gion were ex­pected to be un­healthy for sen­si­tive groups on Fri­day, ac­cord­ing to Spare the Air, eas­ing to mod­er­ate lev­els Satur­day through Tues­day.

De­pend­ing on wind and the Camp Fire’s sta­tus, smoke could be vis­i­ble in the cap­i­tal area through early next week, ac­cord­ing to the Spare the Air web­site for the Sacra­mento re­gion.

“Winds will be light for the rest of to­day and into Satur­day,” said Jim Mathews, a fore­caster with the Sacra­mento of­fice of the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice. The smoke was ex­pected to grad­u­ally shift north­ward away from the Sacra­mento re­gion Fri­day af­ter­noon, he said, but drift back to­ward the city late Satur­day.

“(S) tronger winds are un­for­tu­nately fore­cast to de­velop Satur­day night into Sun­day,” Mathews said, with gusts up to 30 mph from the north pos­si­ble.

The weather ser­vice warned that the wind will re­new crit­i­cal fire weather con­di­tions. “Smoke likely will spread to the south­west again from the Camp Fire along the coast,” Mathews said.

Winds are then ex­pected to weaken Sun­day night and Mon­day, with breezes of 5 mph out of the north. “We’re prob­a­bly go­ing to have some smoky con­di­tions at times in the Sacra­mento area over the week­end at least into Mon­day,” Mathews said.

Tem­per­a­tures through early next week are likely to reach the low 70s dur­ing the day, drop­ping into the up­per 30s and low 40s at night, Mathews said.

And there’s no rain in the fore­cast.

Mathews said that while there is po­ten­tial next week­end for a sys­tem strong enough to break down the cur­rent pat­tern and bring some rain to the area north of Sacra­mento, “the mod­els have been show­ing that all month and it hasn’t hap­pened yet.”

“We’re not bank­ing on it yet,” he said.

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