California fire sends smoke across Northern Nevada; Air Quality warning issued

Air Quality map 8/12/13 at 8am
Air Quality map 8/12/13 at 8am
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Updated: 8/12/2013 10:32 am
UPDATE 9:00AM:

Air quality in all of our viewing area is acceptable. However there may be a moderate health concern for a very small number of people who are unusually sensitive to air pollution in parts of Northwestern Nevada and extreme Eastern Northern California.



UPDATE 10:30PM:
The air quality warning has been upgraded to "Unhealthy" in the Reno-Carson City metro area. That warning means, "Everyone may begin to experience health effects; members of sensitive groups may experience more serious health effects."  The area included in the warning are parts of Washoe, Douglas, Lyon, Storey and Churchill Counties, plus parts of Carson City in Nevada. The warnings are also in the very eastern parts of Placer, Nevada, Sierra, Plumas and Lassen Counties in California.

Nearly all of the Northwest part of Nevada is in the "Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups" area along with some Eastern portions of Northern California.



Air Quality Warnings at 11pm Sunday 8/11/13
Air Quality Warnings at 11pm Sunday 8/11/13
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) - A fire burning in Northern California has blanketed Reno-Sparks and much of Northern Nevada in thick smoke.  The American fire is currently burning about 17 miles northeast of Foresthill, California.  About 150 firefighters are battling the blaze in rugged terrain, and the fire has already consumed 800 acres.  This fire started Sunday morning, the cause is still under investigation.

An air quality warning was issued to members of sensitive groups.  Although general public is not likely to be affected, people with lung disease, older adults and children are at a greater risk from exposure to ozone, whereas persons with heart and lung disease, older adults and children are at greater risk from the presence of particles in the air.  The warnings are for parts of Washoe, Douglas, Lyon, Storey and Churchill Counties, plus parts of Carson City in Nevada. The warnings are also in the very eastern parts of Placer, Nevada, Sierra, Plumas and Lassen Counties in California.
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