Air quality briefly surpassed "hazardous" level in Douglas Co.

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Air quality briefly surpassed "hazardous" level in Douglas Co.

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Reno, Carson City, Tahoe, and Minden are blanketed with heavy smoke right now from the Rim Fire burning more than 150 miles away from near Yosemite National Park.

Worsening air pollution has triggered emergency warnings near Carson City where school children were kept inside today and everyone has been urged to avoid all physical activity outdoors.

The air quality index briefly surpassed the rare "hazardous" level in parts of Douglas County east of Lake Tahoe on Tuesday. The index has reached the "very unhealthy" level for all populations in the Reno-Sparks area.

Health officials say air quality alerts are expected to continue in the coming days but will vary in terms of seriousness based on ever-shifting winds and the severity of the fire activity near Yosemite National Park. The Rim Fire has burned nearly 180,000 acres and is 20% contained.