California Wildfires Bring Haze to Truckee Meadows

 
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Massive fires burning in Northern California are bringing haze to the region, affecting events like Burning Man.

According to Jessica Keelhorn with the National Weather Service, the Chips Fire and the Rush fire are causing the most smoke in the region.

The Chips fire, burning west of Quincy, Calif., is 37 percent contained, while the Rush fire, bruning southeest of Susanville, is 60 percent contained.

Meanwhile, the massive Ponderosa fire continues to burn. Officials say it has consumed about 44 square miles of rugged terrain about 30 miles east of Redding. The fire has destroyed 80 homes and structure and continues to threaten 900 more. It was started by lightning Saturday.

Keelhorn with the National Weather service says afternoon winds Thursday could bring a little relief.

"What we are looking are is typical afternoon summer winds zephyr winds to return today and Friay with winds to 20-25 miles and mix everything up and lessen a little bit," she said Thursday morning.

However, the smoke could pose some problems for people heading to the international Burning Man event at the Black Rock Desert, starting August 27.

The Gerlach area is closer to the fires and thick layers of smoke are in the forecast.

Here's a map from NPR detailing the latest fire forecasts across the country: