City of Sacramento opens two cleaner-air centers as wildfire smoke affects the region

With the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District forecasting a period of unhealthy air due to nearby wildfires, the City of Sacramento has opened two cleaner-air centers.

The centers – at the Tsakopoulos Library Galleria (828 I St.) and the Hagginwood Community Center (3271 Marysville Blvd.) — will operate 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. They will remain open until the smoke diminishes and the air quality improves.

“Protecting the health and safety of all Sacramentans is our highest priority,” said Daniel Bowers, the City’s director of emergency management. “Earlier this week, we operated cooling centers at the Tsakopoulos Library and the Hagginwood Community Center, and now we are transitioning those locations into cleaner-air centers to meet community needs.”

Based on air-quality thresholds outlined in the County of Sacramento’s Wildfire Smoke Response Guidelines, Sacramento County Public Health has recommended the opening of cleaner-air centers. The City of Sacramento also participates in the Wildfire Smoke Response Guidelines, which were created following the 2018 Camp Fire.

In accordance with State and County public-health orders, all attendees at the cleaner-air centers are required to wear a mask or face covering to protect themselves and others against the spread of COVID-19. If an individual does not have a mask, one will be provided for them.

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