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Rim Fire creates smoky Reno air quality concerns

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POSTED August 27, 2013 1:54 a.m.

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Health officials say concerns about air quality in the Reno area are likely to continue for at least another day or two as a result of the smoke pouring in from the huge wildfire 150 miles away at Yosemite National Park.

The air quality index in Washoe County improved on Sunday but deteriorated again on Monday to the level considered unhealthy for the general population.

Monday’s peak reading was 160 on the scale that considers readings of 151 or worse to be a level of pollution unhealthy for everybody. By late afternoon, it had improved to 122, which is considered unhealthy for sensitive populations.

People with heart or lung disease, older adults and children are urged to reduce prolonged or heavy exertion outdoors.

Similar pollution readings were expected Tuesday.

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