Yosemite smoke fuels air quality alert in Reno

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Updated: 8/22/2013 6:58 pm

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Heavy smoke from a wildfire burning near Yosemite National Park has triggered an air quality alert in Reno and surrounding areas more than 150 miles away.

Washoe County Health District spokesman Phil Ulibarri said Thursday the air quality index has risen into the unhealthy range for sensitive groups.

He says the pollution index was in the good range of 50 earlier in the day, but jumped to 130 by mid-afternoon. Between 100 and 150 is considered unhealthy for those with respiratory ailments, the elderly and young children.

Ulibarri says it's a fluid situation they will monitor into the night. If the index surpasses 150, the general population likely would experience some health effects.

The fire west of Yosemite more than tripled in size overnight to more than 84 square miles.

 

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Kramer - 8/23/2013 5:31 PM
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grammar police", that's a laffer. This town can't stop speeders nor red-light runners, so Y worry about literacy-challenged bloggers? I suggest the "newsroom" re-write this (one of 3 articles about smoke); drop the not-so-clever "fuels", and use "fools" still double-entendre.

roseanya - 8/23/2013 7:45 AM
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If you've lived here for any length of time, you're prepared for this--an almost annual event not affected by "climate change." We have AIR FILTER fans, face masks, modest stockpile of food and water, RX's, everything essential to hunker down for a week. How about some news INFO ON viability of flying embers--couple hundred miles?

RenoSteve51 - 8/22/2013 4:13 PM
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Not "Yellowstone" it's "Yosemite" -- don't get the two parks confused for the grammar police are watching. Correct the dumb mistake!
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