Heavy smoke in Reno area coming from the American Fire; Air quality warnings

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Updated: 8/18/2013 11:42 pm
UPDATE 10PM: The air quality is now "Unhealthy" in much of the Reno-Spark-Carson City metro area meaning, "Everyone may begin to experience health effects; members of sensitive groups may experience more serious health effects."

Smoke from the American Fire 8/18 (National Weather Service)
Smoke from the American Fire 8/18 (National Weather Service)
American Fire Update 9PM:
Current Size: 13,750 acres Containment: 49 percent Structures Destroyed: 3 outbuildings
Resources: Approximately 1,850 personnel including 75 engines, 51 hand crews, 42 water tenders, 30 dozers, 12 helicopters, and air tankers as available.

Smoke from the American Fire 8/18 (Vic & Lynne Morin)
Smoke from the American Fire 8/18 (Vic & Lynne Morin)
UPDATE: A wall of heavy smoke is being pushed into the Reno area from the American Fire west of Lake Tahoe.

Thunderstorm outflow wind boundary is pushing a wall of smoke into the Reno-Sparks area from the west.

Smoke from the American Fire 8/18 (Georgia Tachoires)
Smoke from the American Fire 8/18 (Georgia Tachoires)
UPDATE: The American Fire continues to scorch west of Lake Tahoe and a Fire Weather Watch has been issued.

The air quality continues to be impacted and thunderstorms are predicted in the area over the next few days, and may make the fire even more difficult to fight as lightning sparks up more fires.

The Fire Weather Watch starts on Monday August 19th and will last through Wednesday August 21st.

The US Forest Service reports the blaze has spread to just under 13,000 and is moving quickly

Reports say the fire grew by 1,00 acres overnight on Sunday.

The fire is not threatening any populated areas right now and is currently 45 percent contained; however the steep terrain and heavy smoke are making it difficult for the nearly 1,500 firefighters battling the fire.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service has ordered an emergency closure for portions of the Tahoe National Forest near a remote Northern California wildfire that has burned more than 11 square miles of steep, wooded terrain.

Heavy smoke from the fire 10 miles northeast of Foresthill at times has blanketed portions of the Sierra Nevada foothills, the Sacramento Valley and stretched to Lake Tahoe.

An air quality warning has been issued for Placer County, northeast of Sacramento. The Forest Service says smoky conditions might last through the weekend.

The fire is burning along a tributary of the Middle Fork of the American River and is not threatening homes.

The closure order announced Friday includes a segment of the Western States Trail, which is used for endurance races between Auburn and Lake Tahoe.

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Happy mom - 8/16/2013 3:43 PM
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Krnv, you should drive out here to Rancho Haven. The smoke is very dense. You could post some great pictures.

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