Local air regulators issued a smoke advisory Sunday afternoon, hours after many people in the Bay Area woke up to an orange sky, ash falling to the ground and the smell of smoke in the air.
Winds had pushed smoke and debris from the massive County Fire burning in Yolo and Napa counties into the central Bay Area, causing a flurry of photos on social media and alerts from some local agencies and elected officials.
That was all noticeable early Sunday morning, but the Bay Area Air Quality Management District did not issue a smoke advisory until after 4:30 p.m.
"The advisory came out late just because ... we were on a weekend," BAAQMD spokeswoman Lisa Fasano said.
"We were trying to get our information together, we were answering a lot of media calls, which took up the better part of the day," Fasano said in an interview Monday. "We wanted to make sure that we were sure what the conditions were before we alerted people of the current air quality conditions."