California wildfire, high temps prompt Bay Area Spare the Air Alert

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SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS RADIO) – As temperatures rise and smoke filters down from a Northern California wildfire, officials have issued a Spare the Air Alert.

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The Bay Area Air Quality Management District on Monday announced a Spare the Air Alert for Tuesday, citing forthcoming high temperatures and smoke from the Six Rivers Lightning Complex burning near the Willow Creek area in Humboldt and Trinity counties.

Air officials forecast moderate air quality throughout much of the region, with eastern Contra Costa County and southern Santa Clara County set to have unhealthy air quality for sensitive groups.

That coincides with the National Weather Service Bay Area issuing an excessive heat warning for those areas on Tuesday, with the day's high temperatures set to surpass 100 degrees.

The Six Rivers Lightning Complex ignited on Aug. 5. It had burned 19,272 acres with 17% containment as of Monday morning, making it the second largest active wildfire in the state.

It could soon be the biggest blaze still burning in the state, however. The 60,392-acre McKinney Fire was 95% contained as of Monday morning. More personnel were assigned to the Six Rivers Lightning Complex (2,045) than the McKinney Fire (1,511) as of that time.

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