Sacramento Opens 'Cleaner-Air Centers' As Wildfire Smoke Affects The Region

Following a forecast of unhealthy air due to nearby wildfires from the Metropolitan Air Quality Management District, the City of Sacramento announced on Saturday the opening two "cleaner-air centers," where residents may go to escape the added particle pollution in the smoke that has been hanging over the region.

The centers are located at the Tsakopoulos Library Galleria, 828 I St., and the Hagginwood Community Center, 3271 Marysville Blvd., and they'll both be open from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily until the air quality improves, according to a City spokesman.

"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."

The shelters were recommended by the Sacramento County Public Health Department based guidelines they have for wildfire response, which were created after the deadly Camp Fire of 2018.

Officials notes that if you decide to use either of the centers that you'll be required to comply with State and County public-health orders regarding face coverings to prevent the spread of COVID-19. However, anyone who doesn't have a mask will get one for free at the door.

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