Local Air is Moderate Because of Smoke From California Fire

By: Staff Email
By: Staff Email

From the Washoe Health District Monday morning:

Health Message: Unusually sensitive people should consider reducing prolonged or heavy exertion.


Smoke from the American Fire located in remote terrain south of Blue Canyon, CA is impacting the Truckee Meadows.  Fine particulates are elevated into the Moderate range with temporary clearing expected this afternoon.  The smoke will settle into the Reno/Sparks area again this evening.  If you feel the smoke is affecting you, remain indoors with the windows closed and air conditioning on and reduce prolonged or heavy exertion while outdoors.

RENO, NV - Air quality in northern Nevada is moderate Monday, according to health officials, based on heavy smoke blowing into the Truckee Meadows from a fire in Foresthill, CA. That means people with breathing problems should stay mostly inside and try not to exert themselves.

The American Fire is burning in a heavily forested area of very steep terrain on Deadwood Ridge, approximately 17 miles northeast of Foresthill in Tahoe National Forest.

The fire is estimated at 1200 acres with no official containment, but heavy smoke is making it difficult to obtain precise numbers. Fire crews hope to have a better idea later Monday. The fire has crossed the North Fork of the Middle Fork of the American River and is burning toward the Last Chance area.

According to firefighters, the fire is growing at a moderate rate. Multiple Forest Service and Cal Fire engines, crews, dozers, air tankers, and helicopters are at scene, with additional resources on order. Smokejumpers are being utilized. Efforts are being focused mainly on the Deadwood Ridge and Last Chance sides of the fire.

Access to the fire is limited, and firefighter safety is a concern due to difficult terrain. No structures are threatened.

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