Yosemite fire leaves moderate air quality in Reno

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Updated: 9/01/2013 10:22 am
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Officials say smoke from a wildfire burning in Yosemite National Park continues to impact air quality in the Reno and Lake Tahoe areas Sunday.

The Washoe District Health Department reports moderate air quality for the Truckee Meadows area Sunday.

Health officials say firefighters setting backfires to stop the spread of the blaze could increase smoke in the area.

That could push air quality to unhealthy levels for sensitive groups such as people with respiratory problems, or even to a level unhealthy for the general population.

National Weather Service meteorologist Mark Deutschendorf tells the Reno Gazette-Journal http://on.rgj.com/1dydCux that smoke in the area will vary depending on the fire's behavior and wind conditions.

The wildfire has charred 348 square miles.

Officials say it is still growing but was 40 percent contained Sunday.

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Information from: Reno Gazette-Journal, http://www.rgj.com
(Bob Chorey)
(Bob Chorey)

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Authorities say smoke from a record wildfire in and around Yosemite National Park in California will continue to affect the Reno and Lake Tahoe areas through Labor Day weekend.

National Weather Service meteorologist Mark Deutschendorf tells the Reno Gazette-Journal (http://on.rgj.com/1989EUD ) the regional air quality will continue to vary depending on fire behavior and wind conditions.

Deutschendorf says the sky may clear at times, only to darken with smoke hours later.

A smoky haze is expected most in Minden, Gardnerville and South Lake Tahoe.

The Rim Fire has burned more than 315 square miles of mountainous forest, and prompted cancellation of outdoor scholastic sports activities across eastern California and northwestern Nevada.

Officials reported Friday that the fire was 32 percent contained.

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Information from: Reno Gazette-Journal, http://www.rgj.com


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