Campus Alert: Air Quality Incident

Friday, August 6, 2021, 12:30pm

TO: Campus Community 
FR: Missy Brunetta, Director for Emergency Services and Associate Risk Manager

Currently, Sonoma State is not under threat from any regional wildfires. However, air quality in the area is poor due to the smoke conditions from the fires in Northern California. We are monitoring air quality conditions, which are deteriorating around campus. At this time, the air quality index (AQI) has been at or above 100 based on the readings the university evaluates for considering mitigation measures.

No action needs to be taken by the campus community at this time. The information included below summarizes the steps our campus may take in the event the air quality continues to deteriorate. 

If the air quality persists at a level above 150 AQI for more than 30 minutes, we will make N-95 masks available to the current on-campus community. In conditions of unhealthy levels of smoke, an N-95 is recommended in lieu of or in addition to COVID-19 face masks. 

In the event a change in AQI warrants changes to specific on-campus operations, we will be in contact with departments that have employees who may need to make appropriate changes should it be necessary.  

For any incident-related questions or concerns please email    
We will continue to monitor conditions, and we will update the campus as we get more information. Please also continue to check the website for Regional Updates.