Yosemite fire clouds local skies
New smoke is pouring into the Truckee-Tahoe area from a fire to the south just as the lightning fires to the west are dying down.
While firefighters have the Yuba Fire Complex under control and the American River Complex is nearly contained, a new fire west of Yosemite is pumping smoke into the region, resulting in a new air quality advisory for the first part of the week.
“It’s looking like for at least the next couple of days southwesterly winds will continue to flow carrying smoke up here,” said Kyle Mozley with the National Weather Service in Reno. “And it’s going to remain hot and dry so the fire will continue to burn.”
The Telegraph fire started on Friday between Yosemite National Park and the mountain community of Mariposa when a person was target shooting in the area, according to Calfire’s Web site.
As of Monday, the fire was 26,130 acres and only 10 percent contained.
The new smoke has prompted the Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District to issue an air quality advisory, effective Monday through Wednesday, predicting smoke levels between moderate and unhealthy.
“We have all had a very prolonged exposure to some very high levels of smoke pollution, so there may be some residual respiratory effects that might surface as a result of high levels of exertion,” according to a the advisory.
The American River Complex of fires was at 95 percent containment as of Monday, according to the U.S. Forest Service.
“We’re still seeing some smoke coming from the American River, but not nearly what we’re seeing from the south,” Mozley said.
Friday could see more westerly winds, changing conditions from smoky to hazy, Mozley said.