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Tahoe-Truckee fire crews head out to assist with Soberanes Fire near Monterey

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TRUCKEE, Calif. — Smoke from a pair of Southern California fires wafted into the Lake Tahoe Basin and Carson and Washoe valleys on Monday.

Prevailing winds from the southwest over the weekend brought the smoke into the region, and air quality worsened into Monday afternoon.

Weather patterns shifted Tuesday, and while smoke dissipated in the morning, it was fairly thick in the afternoon. Weather forecasts indicate the region should be spared from heavy smoke in the coming days, however.

According to Calfire, the Soberanes Fire in Monterey County, which has been burning since Friday morning, had grown to 19,311 acres as of Tuesday, and was at 10 percent containment.

The fire is burning south of Monterey in the mountains above Highway 1, and is threatening 1,650 homes. As of Tuesday, 20 homes and two outbuildings had been destroyed.

Locally, two mutual aid strike teams from the Tahoe Basin Operational Area were deployed Monday to help battle the fire.

According to a news release from the North Tahoe Fire Protection District, the first strike team includes staff from the Northstar, North Tahoe, Truckee, Carson City and Fallen Leaf fire protection districts.

The second team is made up of engines and staff from the East Fork, Lake Valley, Reno, Truckee Meadows and Fallen Leaf districts.

Smoke also is coming from the 37,473-acre Sand Fire, which is burning along Interstate 14 near the Angeles National Forest and the city of Santa Clarita. As of Tuesday it was 25 percent contained.

So far, one person has died in the blaze, which also started Friday. Further, at least 18 homes have burned and 20,000 residents had been evacuated, according to fire authorities.