Yosemite fire leaves moderate air quality in Reno
RENO, Nev. (AP) -- Officials say smoke from a wildfire burning in Yosemite National Park continues to impact air quality in the Reno and Lake Tahoe areas Sunday.
The Washoe District Health Department reports moderate air quality for the Truckee Meadows area Sunday.
Health officials say firefighters setting backfires to stop the spread of the blaze could increase smoke in the area.
That could push air quality to unhealthy levels for sensitive groups such as people with respiratory problems, or even to a level unhealthy for the general population.
National Weather Service meteorologist Mark Deutschendorf tells the Reno Gazette-Journal that smoke in the area will vary depending on the fire's behavior and wind conditions.
The wildfire has charred 348 square miles.
Officials say it is still growing but was 40 percent contained Sunday.