Local fires affect air quality

Reported by: Samantha Boatman
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Updated: 7/05/2013 5:40 pm

RENO, NEV. (KRNV & MyNews4.com)—The recent fires in Northern Nevada have affected air quality in several counties. The Washoe County Air Quality Management Division checks the air quality every hour at eight different locations.

Friday’s air quality was right between “good” and “moderate.” Meteorologist Chris Smallcomb says the wild weather we’ve seen over the past week really has pushed any lingering smoke out of our area.

The hazy skies we saw earlier in the week, he says, were caused by the fire in Arizona and the Red Rock fire. Right now, residents in Reno and Sparks really aren’t seeing the effects from the Bison Fire, burning in Douglas County.

"But that all depends on the weather, if the wind shifts we can see impacts here in the Reno/Sparks area," says Daniel Inouye, the Division Director of the Air Quality Management Division for Washoe County.

He says when the air quality is moderate, you still should be careful,

"If you already have existing respiratory illnesses, you should take precautions, reduce strenuous activity, especially with the heat, take it easy, give it a rest and stay inside with the air conditioner on,” says Inouye.

Smallcomb, with The National Weather Service says the winds over the next several says are westerly, which will send the smoke from the Bison Fire to folks in Yerington, Hawthorne, possibly Fallon.

"Unless we had a new fire develop in the to the west or northwest of Reno/Sparks, we really wouldn't expect any smoke moving into the area, so in terms of air quality, we should be pretty good,” says Smallcomb.

You can check the air quality in Washoe County by visiting www.ourcleanair.com

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