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Outdoor physical activity should be avoided through Thursday in Nevada County as the air quality alert continues with smoke from area fires and high ozone levels causing the worst air readings here in 15 years.

The Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District continued the alert this morning after a pall of smoke continued to hang over the county from hundreds of fires in the area and state.

The Yuba River Complex of fires in Nevada and Sierra County grew slightly overnight to 2,095 acres and is only 10 percent contained, according to Larry Schmidt at the fire command center.



Three firefighters have suffered minor injuries, but no structures have been lost.

Progress was made on the Scotchman Fire overnight as a new fire line was established on the western flank blocking it from entering the town of Washington, Schmidt said.




Progress was made on the 500-acre Scotchman Fire overnight as a new fire line was established on the western flank blocking it from entering the town of Washington, Schmidt said.

The 25 Fire near Camptonwille grew from 100 to 160 acres Tuesday and the Celina Fire near Graniteville went from 35 to 135 acres.

Washington Road remains closed for anyone other than residents, property owners and those with campground reservations. Bowman Lake Road is closed for anyone other than residents with identification because of the 1,300 acre Fall Fire.

The National Weather Service in Sacramento said there is a possibility of thunderstorms and more lightning strikes Saturday and Saturday night like the ones that caused last weekend’s rash of blazes to break out across the state.

For updates on the air and fire situation, return to TheUnion.com throughout the day.


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