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Haze, ash from El Dorado fire

The ash and smoke above western Nevada County this morning was not from a Mount St. Helens eruption.

According to Joe Fish of the Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District in Grass Valley, it is most likely from Fred’s fire in El Dorado County. The fire broke out last night near Kyburz along Highway 50 between Placerville and Lake Tahoe.

The Associated Press this morning said the fire has grown to 3,000 acres and closed a 20-mile stretch of Highway 50. Residents of Kyburz and nearby Silver Fork were asked to evacuate.

Fish said the visible ash that was covering Nevada County cars was not hazardous to health because the large particles are not breathable. Fish said residents should not be concerned unless the haze falls to ground level, which means particulate levels would then be unhealthy.

Possibly adding to the air quality problem are two other fires sending smoke into Northern California airways. One is near Lake Berryessa which has grown to 37,000 acres. The other is a 3,000 acre fire in Amador County.

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