Washoe County ends Stage 2 Emergency Episode for air quality

Improved air quality in Reno.
Improved air quality in Reno.(KOLO)
Published: Sep. 3, 2021 at 2:05 PM PDT|Updated: Sep. 9, 2021 at 5:16 PM PDT
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - SEPT. 9, 5 P.M. Improved weather conditions and progress by firefighters has resulted in better air quality in the Reno-Sparks area. As a result, the Washoe County Health District has ended the Stage 2 Air Quality Emergency Episode issued on Friday, September 3.

The air quality index (AQI) for the Reno-Sparks area has been and is expected to be “Good” to “Moderate” for all air pollutants.

The Stage 2 Emergency Episode was terminated because the 24-hour PM2.5 AQI has been and is expected to be below 100. There are no other air quality emergency episodes at this time.

Occasional smoke impacts are expected, but not at Emergency Episode levels.

The National Weather Service has issued Red Flag Warnings for Northern California and parts of Washoe County Thursday and Friday. You are asked to avoid outdoor activities that can cause a spark near dry vegetation, such as yard work, target shooting, or campfires.

ORIGINAL STORY: The Washoe County Health District has issued a Stage 2 Emergency Episode due to “unhealthy” air quality expected through the Labor Day weekend.

Saturday, Sunday and Monday, the Air Quality Index (AQI) is forecasted to be above 150. Smoke is expected to pour into the valley from the Dixie and Caldor fires burning in California.

People in sensitive groups including children, older adults, and those with heart/lung disease should avoid strenuous outdoor activities. Everyone else should reduce strenuous outdoor activities.

You can check the latest air quality at

The Caldor Fire burns in El Dorado County, Calif., heading toward Nevada.
The Caldor Fire burns in El Dorado County, Calif., heading toward Nevada.(Source: KCRA/CNN)

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