Air quality back to normal |

Air quality back to normal

During the height of the Martis Fire blaze, particulate levels in the Reno area were inflated to numbers as high as 20 times the normal level. The first three days of the incident, air quality remained relatively stable in the Truckee Meadows, according to a particulate sampler located at the Truckee fire station on Donner Pass Road next to Gateway Center.

As winds changed direction the latter part of last week, levels reached 20 micrograms per cubic meter in Truckee, a number only slightly elevated from levels that hovered around 18 micrograms per cubic meter on Monday and Tuesday.

“Everything is back to normal. Visibility is fine and health complaints at area hospitals have dwindled down to nothing,” said Noel Bonderson, air quality supervisor of Washoe County.

A warning issued to residents in the Reno area to remain inside last week has now been retracted, and the air quality rating for the basin has increased from an unhealthy rating to the good range.

“As far as we are concerned, we’re back in the healthful air quality range and there are no residual health concerns from the Martis fire,” added Bonderson.

Officials are anticipating 100 percent containment by Sunday and visibility around the Lake and the Truckee Meadows has vastly improved since this time last week. No patients have been admitted to Tahoe Forest Hospital for health complications thus far, and residents with preexisting respiratory conditions are out of danger from the fire’s aggravating factors.

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