Winds clear Plumas blaze smoke but could bring it back |

Winds clear Plumas blaze smoke but could bring it back

GRASS VALLEY ” Winds pushed wildfire smoke out of Nevada County overnight, but it could return as strong breezes shift today.

Meanwhile 500 homes are threatened by the Moonlight Fire in the Plumas National Forest and evacuations have begun, according to Sabrina Stadler of the PNF staff.

The fire flared to 2,800 acres overnight, but winds pushed the smoke west into the Sacramento Valley and around Nevada County to the south.

The National Weather Service in Sacramento is predicting patchy smoke in the area today as winds shift. Strong gusts from the southwest could push the smoke back up into the foothills.

The area is still under a smoke alert, although things were relatively clear early this morning. If smoky conditions return, residents are urged to curtail strenuous outdoor activity.

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