The Washoe County Health District – Air Quality Management Division (AQMD) has issued a Stage 3 Emergency Episode due to smoke from the Mosquito Fire burning west of Lake Tahoe. The NowCast air quality index (AQI) for the Reno-Sparks area was over 350 and in the “Hazardous,” category on Wednesday morning, which was much worse than expected due to increased fire activity.
The Health District supports decisions by local organizations, including the University of Nevada, Reno and the Washoe County School District, to cancel classes and events.
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⚠️During this time of hazardous air, Dr. Jeffrey E. Terrell, director of the Michigan Sinus Center, demonstrates how to build an air purifier with a HEPA filter for about $25 with parts from your local hardware store. View: https://t.co/J3m8boQGrg
— Truckee Meadows Fire & Rescue (@TMFPD) September 14, 2022
The Stage 3 Emergency Episode was issued because the PM2.5 AQI is expected to be over 200 for a 24-period of time. This is the second time AQMD has issued a Stage 3 Emergency Episode; the first being in August 2021 due to the Caldor Fire.
Residents are encouraged to follow air quality updates in Reno-Sparks, click here; for information on what the air quality index colors mean, click here.
Measures residents can do include:
- Stay indoors and reduce activity
- Make sure windows and doors closed in your home.
- Consult your physician for health questions, especially those with heart and lung issues.
- Create a clean air room
AQMD can issue a Stage 1, Stage 2, Stage 3, and Stage 4 Emergency Episode with the Stage 4 being the most severe. More information on the stages can be found here.
Visit OurCleanAir.com for additional information on the Air Quality Management Division
(Washoe County Health District)