Better air expected |

Better air expected

With Delta breezes pushing a lot of wildfire smoke out of Nevada County the past few days, Grass Valley officials are predicting a week of increasing blue skies without air quality advisories and alerts.

In addition, a Grass Valley fire crew that was working the Butte Lightning Complex of fires near Paradise and Concow is planning to come home today, now that the fires that poured so much smoke this way are nearly under control.

“I’m being optimistic, I’m hopeful,” said Joe Fish at the Northern Air Quality Management District in Grass Valley Monday. “It’s so wonderful to see blue sky again. Quincy is still a little bad and Truckee is worse than we are right now.”

There may be elevated smoke levels again during the week and the ozone could reach unhealthy levels again, Fish said, but changing weather and progress on the fires has caused the optimism.

If the smoke does come back from fires like the American River Complex still burning fiercely in Placer County, an advisory will be issued, Fish said. Ozone levels could also become elevated in coming days, but that is normal for this time of year.

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