Sand Fire burning in Northern California brings area’s first air pollution alert of 2019

Smothering hot temperatures, dry conditions and strong winds have rapidly escalated growth of the California Sand Fire. The fire, which ignited just 48 hours ago, has already burned 2,200 acres.

June 10, 2019 Kelsey D.
Sand Fire burning in Northern California brings area’s first air pollution alert of 2019
Sand Fire forest destruction. Within 48 hours, the Sand Fire has burned more than 2,200 acres. [Photo credit: Cal Fire, @CAL_FIRE]

The Sand Fire, burning 70 miles northeast of San Francisco, between Napa and Sacramento, marks the first major blaze of California’s fire season.

Since the fire ignited Saturday afternoon, record high temperatures, strong winds and low humidity have contributed to rapid fire growth. As of 4:30 PM Sunday (9 June, 2019), the Sand Fire has scorched more than 2,200 acres, and left thousands of California residents without power.

On Sunday, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District announced the first air pollution alert of 2019 for Yolo County, as Sacramento air quality and San Francisco air quality wavered from “moderate” to “unhealthy”. Residents across the Bay Area took to social media to share images of the smoky skies and dramatic sunsets resulting from the fire.

While the California’s Sand Fire is currently 30% contained, the area’s sweltering temperatures, with highs of 104°F (40°C) remain cause for concern. 740 personnel, 57 engines, 4 helicopters, and 25 firefighter teams are active in fighting the fire. For timely fire updates visit Cal Fire.

Kelsey D.

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