No wood burning Tuesday in Reno's polluted air

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Updated: 1/08/2013 3:44 pm

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Washoe County health officials have temporarily banned wood burning throughout the Reno-Sparks area due to worsening air quality caused by a temperature inversion.

The county health district raised the burn code to "red" on Tuesday morning. It had been at "yellow" where wood burning is discouraged but not prohibited.

Forecasters say hazy skies and air pollution problems are expected to continue across the area until a coming storm is expected to blow them away on Wednesday.

Winds could gust up to 50 mph in the lower elevations and up to 80 to 90 mph along Sierra ridges. A quick burst of snowfall could also drop several inches of snow in the mountains and up to an inch in the valleys by late Wednesday.


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