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Health District: Air Quality in Moderate Range

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The Washoe County Health District says smoke from wildfires in California is creating unhealthy air quality conditions.

It released this message Wednesday afternoon:

Smoke from the wildfires in California continues to impact the Truckee Meadows.  After being in "Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups" and "Unhealthy," for most of the day, air quality has improved to the "Moderate" range this afternoon.  Expect "Moderate" air quality tonight and "Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups" conditions tomorrow morning.  People who are unusually sensitive to the smoke should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion.  If the smoke is affecting you, remain indoors with the windows closed and air conditioning on, reduce any outdoor activity, and stay hydrated.
 
Tomorrow's Forecast
Thursday, September 5: AQI Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups (Fine Particulates)

Visit www.ourcleanair.com and www.airnow.gov for additional air quality information or call the Air Quality Hotline at 785-4110.

All NIAA-sanctioned outdoor activities scheduled for Wednesday afternoon are canceled/postponed for the following counties: Douglas, Carson, Storey and Washoe Counties, as well as Coleville High School in Mono County, California.

The following counties - ones that previously been in the "no play" zone are now in the acceptable range for today: Lyon and Churchill Counties in Nevada and California Counties - Nevada (Truckee H.S.), El Dorado (South Tahoe H.S.), Placer (North Tahoe H.S.).

Meanwhile, crews have pushed forward with building containment lines around the wildfire in and around Yosemite National Park as authorities lift evacuation orders and advisories for several Sierra Nevada communities once threatened by the massive blaze.
 
Officials said they still are investigating the cause of the fire, which started 18 days ago in an isolated area of the Stanislaus National Forest and has burned nearly 370 square miles -- the fourth biggest recorded wildfire in California.
 
With higher humidity and lower temperatures, the fire reached 80 percent containment, prompting the sheriff's offices in Tuolumne and Mariposa counties to lift evacuation advisories for communities with several thousand structures in the fire's path.
 
Officials said 111 structures, including 11 homes, have been destroyed. More than 4,300 firefighters are still battling the blaze.
 
Although no cause has been announced, one local fire chief speculated the fire might have ignited in an illegal marijuana grow.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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