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County issues red alert for air quality
by Tribune Staff
Dec 19, 2011 | 647 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
RENO — The Washoe County Health District has issued a Stage 1 Air Pollution Alert for the Truckee Meadows and is declaring a red burn code for burning wood or other solid fuels. All burning of wood and solid fuels must stop at once.

The RED BURN CODE applies to southern Washoe County from Washoe Valley to Cold Springs. The Burn Code addresses all solid fuels, including wood, pellets, fire logs and coal.

The Truckee Meadows is experiencing elevated levels of fine particulate air pollution. The air quality index reached the “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups” range during the early morning hours. Fine particulate levels are elevated due to weather conditions in which a strong temperature inversion is trapping pollutants close to the ground and in our breathing zone.

A health advisory has been issued for sensitive groups. This includes children, the elderly, pregnant women and people with respiratory or cardiovascular disease. People in these sensitive groups are advised to remain indoors when possible and refrain from extended outdoor activities. All others are advised to avoid strenuous outdoor activities.

The Washoe County Health District requests that residents limit driving, car pool when possible, use public transportation, and always plan car trips to eliminate unnecessary miles.

Information on air pollution levels, wood burning color-codes and health advisories are updated as major changes occur. For more information, call 785-4110.
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