BREAKING: Smoke, but no fire in Alameda

BREAKING: Smoke, but no fire in Alameda

Michele Ellson

Updated at 4:29 p.m. Friday, October 4

A massive fire in Solano County are the likely sources of smoke Island residents are seeing and smelling today, the Alameda Fire Department has confirmed.

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has reportedly issued a smoke advisory for the Bay Area as a result of the Solano County fire and is urging people to stay indoors.

A fire department staffer confirmed Friday afternoon that there are no fires on-Island and said the smoke was being carried in on today's strong winds from other fires. Berkeley and Oakland residents are reporting on Twitter that they too are smelling smoke from the Solano County fire.

KTVU is reporting that a crews are working to contain an eight-alarm brush fire in Solano County; a spokesperson for Cal Fire tweeted at 3:22 p.m. that the Branscombe fire has claimed 1,000 acres and is 50 percent contained. Bay City News reported late Friday afternoon that a two-alarm fire in Benicia shut down an I-780 offramp.

In an alert to residents, the Alameda Fire Department said the Solano County and Benicia fires are the source of the smoke drifting over the Island.

"Because of the prominent winds from the Northeast, smoke from these fires is blowing into Alameda," it says.

Shortly after 4 p.m., Alameda police said their communications center had received more than 40 calls regarding the smoke.

"Smoke is from regional fires to our North. Use discretion please," the department tweeted.

The National Weather Service - still operating despite a federal government shutdown - is forecasting tapering winds through this afternoon and this evening, and while its wind warning expired at 3 p.m., a red flag warning designating high fire danger remains in effect for the Bay Area through 6 a.m. Saturday.