Second-hand smoke – Hazy air from 3 wildfires is expected again today |

Second-hand smoke – Hazy air from 3 wildfires is expected again today

Weather experts expect smoky conditions in western Nevada County to continue today from three wildfires blazing in Northern California.

The National Weather Service predicted “definite smoke” for the area, as did Harry Stockman of the Roseville-based weather service.

Stockman Thursday said the hazy air could be seen from his office and extending across the Sacramento Valley and up into the Sierra. “We’re probably getting smoke from all the fires,” Stockman said.

Those fires include the 5,000-acre Fred’s Fire, which broke out Wednesday night in El Dorado County near Kyburz along Highway 50 between Lake Tahoe and Placerville. The Power Fire in Amador County grew to 5,400 acres, and the Rumsey Fire near Lake Berryessa reached almost 39,000 acres.

Stockman said there is a slight chance of rain Sunday and Monday but probably not enough to knock down the severe fire conditions that still exist throughout the region.

According to Joe Fish of the Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District in Grass Valley, the visible ash that was covering Nevada County cars Thursday 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.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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