Fires here almost contained |

Fires here almost contained

The Yuba River Complex of wildland blazes in Nevada and Sierra counties is nearing 100 percent containment, and some who fought it are now being sent to other fires, including the American River Complex in Placer County.

That 5,000-acre complex is only 20 percent contained and the 3,700-acre Government Springs Fire within it near Blue Canyon continued to rage last night with zero containment.

“We are expecting the Government Springs Fire to be very active today, perhaps our most active day yet,” said fire information officer Bob Summerfield at the complex command center.

Smoke from those fires and the 12,000-acre Canyon Complex in Plumas County continue to bring smoke into Nevada County, although particulate levels are no longer in the extreme danger zone.

An air alert has not been issued for today, but Joe Fish at the Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District in Grass Valley has said since the fires began that if you can see or smell smoke, particulate levels are unhealthy.

That means extreme outdoor activity should .

Ozone levels have also risen into the unhealthy for sensitive individuals at times the past few days, adding to the bad air problem. Those individuals include the elderly, children, pregnant women, athletes and those with existing lung or heart conditions.

The National Weather Service in Sacramento this morning predicted the smoky conditions will continue through Thursday night. Winds today and tomorrow could push smoke out of the foothills for 4th of July, the weather service reported.

Meanwhile, there are 1,459 fires burning in California on almost 436,000 acres according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

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