Air advisory remains despite progress on fires |

Air advisory remains despite progress on fires

It may look clearer outside because firefighters are making major progress on the Yuba River Complex of wildfires, but an air quality advisory has been extended through Tuesday by local officials.

While the local complex of 3,445 acres is at least 60 percent contained, the Canyon Complex of 12,000 acres in Plumas County north of here is only 5 percent contained.

Meanwhile, the American River Complex in Placer County south of here is only 10 percent contained. The 2,600 acre Government Fire on that complex is expected to intensify and could move toward Blue Canyon on Interstate 80 today.

Those fires could easily bring additional smoke to swirl around the Sierra and into Nevada County, despite the progress here.

Joe Fish at the Northern Sierra Air Quality District in Grass Valley this morning said particulate levels are dropping as the smoke dissipates, but high ozone levels continue, putting air quality in the unhealthy for sensitive individuals range.

That means the elderly, children, pregnant women, athletes, asthmatics and those with pre-existing lung and heart conditions should avoid or limit outdoor activities.

Fish said others might want to follow suit because of possible residual effects from a week’s worth of bad air.

Meanwhile, firefighters set backfires on the Scotchman and Fall fires Sunday which allowed for more containment, according to the Tahoe National Forest.

The Fall Fire near Bowman Lake is the largest at 1,710 acres, and is 65 percent contained.

The Scotchman Fire near Washington is at 1,220 acres and 58 percent contained. The Celina Fire near Graniteville is at 371 acres and 85 percent contained.

The amount of predicted lightning strikes over the weekend did not develop as thought and no new fires started.

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