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Tahoe air dirtied by Sierra fires

August 23, 2013 by  
Filed under Daily news, Weather Geek

Tahoe’s air quality took a turn for the worse today after a few days of improving conditions.

Although the American fire outside Foresthill is 60 percent contained, the Rim Fire near Yosemite is now sending smoke into the Tahoe Basin.

That fire, moreover, is just 1 percent contained and had already burned 100,000 acres. Gov Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency in the surrounding counties.

There’s no projection yet on when the blaze might be contained.

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2 Responses to “Tahoe air dirtied by Sierra fires”
  1. Tahoe Pablo says:

    Any idea when the weather conditions will push the smoke out?

  2. Tahoe Loco says:

    The smoke will probably come and go for much of the coming week as the wind direction changes but it will be difficult to predict each day. It looks like those days when the wind is more from the southwest are better than those when it is primarily from the south, but the direction shifts from day to day and sometimes within the day. Our best hope is for firefighters to get a handle on the Yosemite fire. They seem to be making some slow but steady progress. If they continue, our air could be breathable by the weekend.

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