- Nevada’s Washoe County Issues Air Quality Emergency for the Very First Time.
- Authorities have asked its residents to stay inside their homes.
- In recent days, a fire in Northern California destroyed 350 buildings and an additional 17,000 homes are in danger.
Washoe County, Nevada, issues air quality emergency for the very first time. County authorities located in the state of Nevada, very close to California, have asked their residents to stay inside their homes.
Due to the large amount of smoke that has resulted from nearby wildfires, the Washoe County Health District issued a stage 3 emergency advisory and warned that between Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, air quality would reach dangerous levels in the Reno-Sparks area.
Washoe County issues air quality emergency for the first time
According to the authorities, the AQI of PM2.5 was higher than 200 from Sunday to Monday for a period of 24 hours, which led them to broadcast this first stage 3 emergency episode. They also offered some recommendations for citizens.
In view of the situation, they invited residents to stay inside their homes or inside a compound, also suggesting that they close all the windows and doors of the place where they are, reported News4.
Recommendations to cope with the air quality emergency
The county Health Department also suggested avoiding outdoor activities and consulting with a doctor if you have concerns about how poor air quality would affect you, especially if the person has heart and lung problems. It is recommended to create a clean air room.
Also, this Monday, due to poor air quality, the Washoe County School District decided to cancel classes. If you want to check the air quality where you live, ENTER HERE.
A fire in California threatens 17,000 buildings
Large fires in the west of the country have not only lowered air quality, putting the health of residents at risk, but they have devastated acres of wooded areas, consumed dozens of buildings and threatened thousands more.
Such is the case of a fire in northern California that in recent days has destroyed 350 buildings and keeps some 17,000 more homes under threat, according to those reported by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) this Monday.
Despite better weather conditions
Cal Fire spokesman Jason Hunter said these were the consequences of the fire even though weather conditions had improved in recent hours, which has been helpful in preventing its rapid spread.
So far, the firefighters have only managed to contain the flames of Caldor, as it was baptized by the authorities, by 5% since it began on August 14. The causes that triggered it are still unknown, but the wind and drought east of Sacramento (California) have driven it.
Caldor has consumed thousands of hectares
According to the latest report, Caldor has consumed more than 43,100 hectares and the fire is approaching a small community of about 200 inhabitants called Kyburz, reported the EFE news agency.
Cal Fire said they have used at least 207 fire trucks, 20 helicopters and deployed more than 1,600 men to try to contain the blaze. Still, Caldor isn’t the only one wreaking havoc in the state.
Dixie continues to burn
Also in California, Dixie continues to burn. It has become the second largest fire in the history of the state and has been active for more than a month, not caring about the work of almost 6,200 firefighters who face it.
Dixie is estimated to have already consumed 293,729 acres, destroyed 1,259 buildings, including Greenville’s population of about 1,100 residents, which it wiped out earlier this month. The good news is that, for the moment, they have managed to contain it by 40%.
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