A spare the air alert is in effect for poor air quality. Smoke is also visible from the Sand Fire. If you see or smell smoke, go indoors.

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SACRAMENTO - The Sacramento Valley is under a Spare the Air alert because of the ozone.

When the air quality forecast reaches 127, the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District issues a Spare the Air alert.

In order to reduce pollution on spare the air days, residents are encouraged to reduce driving, take public transportation or carpool, and, if possible, work from home.

Conditions are expected to improve for the start of the work week.

Smoke from the Sand Fire burning in Amador and El Dorado counties will also be visible.If you see or smell smoke, you should go indoors.

The particulate matter is a mixture that may contain, soot, smoke, metals and other minerals. The small particles, known as PM2.5, can get into your lungs and some may even get into your bloodstream and can cause health issues.

This is only the second Spare the Air alert this season.

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