Smoke in Reno sky from California controlled burns; air quality declines

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - Smoke in the Lake Tahoe and Reno areas is coming from prescribed burns in the El Dorado and Lake Tahoe national forests, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said.

The National Weather Service said the smoke seems to be coming from the controlled burn in the El Dorado National Forest. A fire reported in Alpine County was small, the weather service said.

The Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District said in two Tweets the smoke is not from the Reno area.

As of 10 p.m. on Thursday, the air quality in the Truckee Meadows reached the level of being unhealthy for sensitive groups, the Washoe District Health Department reported.