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USFS: Hunter Caused Rim Fire; Air Quality Moderate; NIAA Decision

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The U.S. Forest Service says a gigantic wildfire near Yosemite National Park began when a hunter allowed an illegal fire to escape.
The Forest Service said Thursday there is no indication the hunter was involved with illegal marijuana cultivation, which a local fire chief had speculated as the possible cause of blaze.
No arrests have been made, and the hunter's name is being withheld pending further investigation.
The Rim Fire began on Aug. 17 and threatened thousands of homes. It is now 80% contained.

The Washoe County Health District says Thursday's air quality will be in the moderate to unhealthy range in connection with wildfires in California.

It released this message Thursday afternoon:

 Afternoon winds have pushed the smoke from the Rim Fire out of the Reno/Sparks area.  "Moderate" air quality is expected with the possibility of higher concentrations in the "Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups" range at times.

Visit and for additional air quality information or call the Air Quality Hotline at 785-4110.

As for outdoor athletic activities, the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association says after meeting with its own office staff, it made the decision "to reliquish the lead on cancellation of game(s), contest(s) or match(es)" to individual districts and school administrative staff. It said in the beginning, NIAA felt it necessary to take the lead to clear up some uncertainities. NIAA says it's now up to the districts and schools to make their own game reschedules or relocations.

On Wednesday, NIAA canceled several outdoor practices, games in several Nevada and eastern California counties.

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