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Many Locals Stay Inside To Avoid Smoky Air

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Our skies have been filled with smoke for nearly two weeks straight now due to a couple of fires burning in California -- the American Fire , which started two weeks ago about 15 miles west of Lake Tahoe. The massive Rim Fire is also burning in and around Yosemite National Park.

With so much of that smoke lingering in northern Nevada, more people are following advice from health officials and are trying to stay indoors as much as possible.

"It makes your eyes watery and red, and they get sore," said Denea Moyle-Zulz of Fallon. "We all have sore throats, and the kids have been coughing. So, we wanted to stay inside as much as possible."

Some people found ways to have fun indoors like bringing the kids to the Nevada Discovery Museum.

"People definitely want to get out of the smoke," said Allana Noyes with the Nevada Discovery Museum. "There's not a whole lot of options on the weekend for things to do outside besides stay indoors."

"Because it's smoky out there, they (her grandchildren) begged me to come here and play," said Violet Haugland of Reno. "They thought it was a great idea. They get to run around. They get to learn things."

I talked to a young man who really looked forward to playing around at the museum.

"It's just really bad out here," said Bryce Berry of Reno. "I just wanted to go outside for days and days."

Many people also crowded the box office at Century Theatres on Sierra Street in downtown Reno.

Moira Laughlin of Reno went to see a movie with her friend, Sophie Monroe.

"Typically, we'd be in the river," Laughlin said. "But, since it's so smoky outside, you have to breathe a lot when you're going down, and you don't want to breathe in ash or bad-polluted air."

Meanwhile, organizers at the Ultimate Reno Combat mixed martial arts event also gave people a chance to escape the smoke on Saturday. People who bought tickets to an outdoor event could exchange them for fight tickets at half price.

"When people spend money on tickets, and they can't do it, it's frustrating," said Rick Collup with Ultimate Reno Combat and owner of the Reno Academy of Combat. "It gives them a place to go."

Arguably, mixed martial artists are known as one of the most well-conditioned athletes in the world, but the smoky air could even cause a problem for them.

"At our gym, for instance, we have the swamp coolers and stuff like that," Collup said. "If you don't have air flow, then it's definitely not a good thing."

Written by Adam Varahachaikol
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