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Caples Fire sends smoke into Carson Valley; could reach Reno Monday

The U.S. Forest Service provided this photograph of the Caples Fire.
The U.S. Forest Service provided this photograph of the Caples Fire.(KOLO)
Published: Oct. 13, 2019 at 3:24 PM PDT
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The air over the Truckee Meadows is less hazy Sunday as the smoke trapped high in the atmosphere has moved east over the Fallon area, the National Weather Service reports.

The Caples Fire burning near South Lake Tahoe sent more smoke Sunday into the Carson Valley than it did on Saturday, the weather service said. Plus, depending on the fire intensity and how the winds shift, the Caples Fire could sent smoke Monday into the Lake Tahoe Basin and over Reno, the weather service said.

The Caples Fire started Sept. 30 as a controlled burn in the El Dorado National Forest. When red flag conditions were forecast, fire crews built fire lines and built backfires, which held until the winds shifted Thursday, and it burned outside the prescribed burn and became a wildfire. It is west of the Kirkwood area.

On Sunday morning, the fire was 2,885 acres and 35 percent contained.

On Saturday, some of the smoke over Truckee Meadows skies was from the Caples Fire but most was from smoke in California’s Central Valley that was pushed into the area.

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