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Wildfire smoke smothers Reno and the Truckee Meadows.
Wildfire smoke smothers Reno and the Truckee Meadows.
Photo © Stan White
Just when I thought it couldn't get any worse, it has. A lot worse. Smoke began pouring over the Sierra on Wednesday and by evening our whole area was socked in. My picture was taken around 8 p.m. Wednesday, looking northwest across the city. Downtown Reno is obscured, along with the mountains normally seen in the background. Today is just as bad. It creates an uncomfortable, ominous atmosphere, not to mention being downright unhealthy.

According to Mike Alger, our KTVN channel 2 weather guy, most of the smoke is coming from big fires currently burning near Auburn, CA, about 100 miles to the west along I80. We can look forward to at least another day or two of the same due to a high pressure system sitting on top of us and virtually no wind.

As I write, we're sitting under a Stage 1 Air Quality Alert issued by the Air Quality Management Division (AQMD) of the Washoe County District Health Department. According to a recent press release, "AQMD is stressing the need for everyone to stay indoors until the smoke moves out of the Truckee Meadows. Residents are strongly urged to refrain from outdoor activities including all sports practices, until the smoke clears." Get updates on the air quality situation by calling the Air Quality Hotline at (775) 785-4110, or the AQMD office at (775) 784-7200. The National Weather Service Reno Forecast Office is a good source for information about how long we can expect to be living under this pall of smoke.

I'm trying to limit my outdoor activities until this lets up some. What are you doing to cope?

July 11, 2008 at 3:07 am
(1) Zeke says:

The smoke is HORRIBLE! I hope it ends soon.

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July 12, 2008 at 2:07 am
(2) Jennifer says:

Wow! This fire season has been hard on a lot of people.

July 12, 2008 at 1:52 pm
(3) Deb says:

Oh man. That’s horrible. We hear a lot on the news about those suffering in the wake of the fire, but never about people like you who experience the effects hundreds of miles away.

I remember living in Minnesota when Mount St. Helen’s blew, far to the west of us. That entire summer was cooler than usual because of the ash hanging in the atmosphere over us. At least we didn’t have to worry about breathing it.

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