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Poor air quality affects Sparks
by Andrea Tyrell
Aug 14, 2013 | 1275 views | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The American Fire is burning 30 miles west of Lake Tahoe.
The American Fire is burning 30 miles west of Lake Tahoe.
As the American Fire, 30 miles west of Lake Tahoe, continues to grow, so do plumes of smoke heading eastward into the Truckee Meadows.

According to the Washoe County Health District (WCHD) Air Quality Management Division, the Reno-Sparks air quality stayed at a stagnant moderate level this week and will most likely not change by the start of next week.

“The air quality really depends on the weather,” said Dan Ingouye, branch chief for WCHD Air Quality Management Division. “The wind helps clear the air in the afternoon but the wind also brings in the smoke, which settles in the valley in the evening and early morning.”

WCHD suggests anyone with respiratory issues should remain indoors with the windows closed and air conditioning and to monitor the air quality levels via its website. Those with issues should also avoid heavy exertion and using items like a fireplace, gas stove and candles. WCHD also does not recommend dust masks as they do not filter out the smoke’s fine particles.

The American Fire started approximately at 4:30 p.m. in the Deadwood Ridge portion of the Tahoe National Forest. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Tahoe fire fighters said that the forest fire has burned close to 1,900 aces and is about 5 percent contained.

Visit for air quality information or call the Washoe County Health District’s Air Quality Hotline at (775) 785-4110.
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