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Some blue sky in Reno, but air quality still poor

Some blue sky in Reno, but air quality still poor

CREATED Aug 28, 2013

RENO, Nev. (AP) -- For the first time in three days, the otherwise clear blue sky is sometimes peeking through the smoky haze in Reno where sprinkles of snowflake-like ash fell the night before from a California wildfire 150 miles away.

By midday Wednesday, the air quality index improved but still registered in the "unhealthy" level in the Reno-Sparks area.

In Douglas County, school children were kept indoors the second day in a row as the index moved between the "very unhealthy" and  "hazardous" categories

Health officials say the "hazardous" level with an index rating above 300 is considered an emergency situation where everyone is urged to avoid all physical activity outdoors. They say people with heart or lung disease, older adults and children should remain indoors and keep activity levels low.