Smell smoke? Out-of-control ag burn mainly to blame

A permitted agricultural burn that got out of control is the main reason smoke that is lingering in the Sacramento region, said Jenny Tan, spokeswoman for the Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District.

“We are doing an active investigation right now,” Tan said Wednesday. “We did approve an ag burn but the farmer did lose control of the burn, and so that’s what sent all of that smoke into the Sacramento Valley.”

The district has personnel on the scene investigating the burn, which occurred Tuesday in the Clarksburg area, west of the Freeport Bridge.

“The fire is out but continues to smolder and emit smoke. The smoke will linger through the day and should hopefully disperse with the aid of the Delta breeze,” said a district news release issued Wednesday morning.

“I know that there was a smell to the smoke … once that burned and got out of control it started burning other things other than what he was intended to burn,” Tan said.

District officials have advised area residents to stay indoors and limit exposure to the smoke.

Craig Shoemaker, a National Weather Service spokesman, said fires in California and elsewhere have contributed to the Sacramento area’s smoky air.

“There are other fires around that are contributing to the smoke that we’ve had in the valley here. There are fires that are ongoing up in Oregon and that kind of drift down the valley at night,” Shoemaker said.

The Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District reported that Wednesday’s air quality forecast for the Sacramento region was 115 AQI, unhealthy for sensitive groups.