Air Alert issued through Wednesday

Air Alert issued through Wednesday
A haze is seen over Bakersfield in a February 2012 file photo.
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — The Valley Air District has sounded its second Air Alert of the year.

The alert runs from Monday through Wednesday and was prompted by increasing ozone levels and possible smoke impacts from lingering wildfires, according to the Valley Air District.

Air Alerts are declared when conditions that lead to ozone formation - increased emissions, high temperatures and stagnant air flow - materialize in the valley, the agency says. High ozone levels are harmful to health and also put the valley at risk for exceeding the one-hour federal ozone standard, which can trigger an annual $29 million federal penalty.

The penalty is paid by valley drivers in the form of a $12 addition to their DMV registration fee plus increased fees on valley businesses.