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Reno air quality again unhealthy for all due to Rim Fire smoke

12:46 PM, Aug 26, 2013   |    comments
Smoke from Rim Fire over downtown Reno, Aug. 23, 2013, photo courtesy Reno Gazette-Journal
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RENO, Nev. (AP) - Air quality in Reno has again deteriorated to the level it is considered unhealthy for the general population as a result of the smoke pouring in from the huge wildfire 150 miles away at Yosemite National Park. 

Sunday marked the first time in three days Washoe County's air quality index improved to the moderate level. But by 11 a.m. Monday, the index measured 160 on the scale that considers the level of pollution to be unhealthy for everybody starting at 151. 

People with heart or lung disease, older adults and children are urged to avoid prolonged or heavy exertion. Everyone else should reduce exertion. 

The smoke forced the cancellation of various weekend events, including an air show at Lake Tahoe and a Nevada-San Francisco women's soccer game in Reno.

The Associated Press

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