Wildfire smoke smothers Reno and the Truckee Meadows.
Photo © Stan White
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?