Plumas blaze prompts local smoke warning |

Plumas blaze prompts local smoke warning

Smoke is pouring into Nevada and Placer counties from a large fire in the Plumas National Forest.

A smoke alert was issued by the Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District in Grass Valley for Wednesday and today. The Placer County Health and Human Services Department and Placer County Air Pollution Control District also issued a health advisory.

Residents are being urged to avoid strenuous outdoor activity, according to Joe Fish of the Northern Sierra district. Children and elderly should consider staying indoors and anyone with respiratory disease should definitely stay inside, Fish said.

The Moonlight Fire southeast of Westwood had burned close to 15,000 acres by Wednesday morning, with more than 1,000 firefighters attacking it, according to Michele Jimenez-Holtz, a spokesman for the Plumas National Forest.

“The fire made a run south last night when a storm came in from the north, and that’s why you got all the smoke, the wind shifted,” Jimenez-Holtz said Wednesday.

More firefighters and air tankers are on the way to join the battle and a few remote homes near Greenville may have to be evacuated, Jimenez-Holtz said.

No one has been injured on the fire that was human caused and started on private land, according to PNF spokesperson Lee Anne Schramel Taylor. The exact cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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