Truckee-North Tahoe not feeling the heat |

Truckee-North Tahoe not feeling the heat

Ryan Salm/Sierra SunJackson Zito of Scottsdale, Ariz., splashes around in Lake Tahoe at Commons Beach on Thursday to keep cool during the hot summer temperatures.

Truckee has stayed fairly cool and collected in the past 10 days of extreme heat that has blanketed California. The hot temperatures have resulted in 81 possible heat-related deaths in the state, power outages, jam-packed air-conditioned malls, and overall crankiness from the sweltering conditions.

An 87-year-old western Nevada County man, Theodore Shiveley, died Tuesday from complications from the heat.

In Truckee, the Tahoe Forest Hospital emergency room has only seen one heat-related incident when an elderly person who had been riding a bike was admitted, said hospital spokeswoman Teri Smith.

“(The person) was overdoing it,” Smith said.

The Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District issued a health advisory warning for western Nevada County this week. The hot summer conditions and southwesterly winds have created unhealthy air, specifically warning athletes, children, seniors, asthmatics, pregnant women, and those with pre-existing heart and lung conditions to take caution.

Joe Fish, with the Northern Sierra Air Quality District, said the air in Truckee was not impacted by the sudden heat wave. He said the ozone levels were not affected by the increase in temperature at the town’s elevation level.

“It doesn’t get over the summit,” Fish said.

The National Weather Service forecast for Truckee and the North Shore predicts temperatures in the upper 80s today with a slight cooling trend for the weekend with temperatures in the low 80s and upper 70s.

– During the winter months the air quality shows high particulate levels because of wood stoves and wind-blown dust, Fish said.

– By July 2007, uncertified wood stoves that create pollution within town limits must be removed in compliance with the Environmental Protection Agency’s pollution requirements. The town will develop a program in order to inform residents of the wood stove requirements before the July deadline.

(AP) – Here is a county-by-county list of possible weather-related deaths in California since the current heat wave began on July 16.

Alameda: 2

Calaveras: 1

Fresno: 20

Imperial: 6

Kern: 5

Kings: 1

Madera: 1

Marin: 1

Riverside: 2

Sacramento: 7

San Bernardino: 4

San Diego: 3

San Joaquin: 6

Shasta: 1

Sonoma: 1

Stanislaus: 19

Yolo: 1

Total: 81

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