See smoke build from Walker Fire
Smoke blowing east from the 44,000-acre Walker Fire in Plumas County has created moderate air quality and visibility concerns along a small slice of northeast California, as well as Washoe County in Nevada.
The National Weather Service’s Reno office issued a dense smoke advisory Sunday afternoon, in place through at least 11 a.m. Monday, warning that both visibility and air quality could be “severely degraded” throughout Lassen County, in the eastern parts of Plumas and Sierra counties, and in a stretch of Washoe County north of Reno.
The advisory says visibility could be between one to three miles throughout the impacted areas, but a stretch of Highway 395 near Hallelujah Junction could see visibility below half a mile.
An air quality index (AQI) forecast map by the Environmental Protection Agency shows an orange patch along the California-Nevada border, indicating conditions considered unhealthy for sensitive groups of people throughout Monday.
The entirety of the greater Sacramento area – from Elk Grove north to Auburn and Colfax – has AQI readings denoted as “moderate,” in the forecast for Monday and Tuesday, expected to return to “good” air conditions by Wednesday, according to www.sparetheair.com.