Fire Smoke Causes UNHEALTHY Air in County

by Placerville Newswire / Aug 19, 2020 / comments

[InEDC, Placerville CA]

Air Quality Index (AQI) observed at 15:00 PDT
192 - Unhealthy
Health Message: People with heart or lung disease, older adults, and children should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion. Everyone else should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion.

Smoke builds density as it compresses against Western slope.

Tahoe City's air quality is now designated as very unhealthy, with fine particles reaching 217.

“Several fires continue to actively burn across central and Northern California, which are releasing extensive amounts of particulate matter and smoke into the atmosphere,” NWS said in a press release. “With increasing westerly flow, there will be a large area of haze across the region for at least the next few days.”

Air quality levels in Reno-Sparks reached the "very unhealthy" designation at 2 p.m. due to an elevated level of fine particles in the air, according to an Environmental Protection Agency tracking website.

UPDATE: Reno-Sparks air quality deteriorates to 'very unhealthy'