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August 22, 2013
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Surrounding fires fill Carson City's air with thick smoke

Major wildfires burning in California, as well as small fires caused by lightning strikes, have pushed heavy smoke into Carson City.

The smoke is mostly from the 16,000-acre Rim fire, which is burning in Tuolumne County, Calif., and from American fire, burning in Foresthill, Calif.

American fire, burning since Aug. 10, is at 16,812 acres.

Also, Tahoe National Forest officials reported five small wildfires in the Lake Tahoe region, created by lightning strikes Wednesday. Officials say those fires were contained Thursday morning.

Lisa Heron, Tahoe National Forest public-affairs specialist, said each of those fires was between a quarter-acre and a full acre. The fires are in Christmas Valley, Echo Summit, Blackwood Canyon and Heavenly Valley.

Tahoe National Forest is at “high” wildfire-danger status, the third-highest level of fire danger.

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The Nevada Appeal Updated Aug 22, 2013 04:06PM Published Aug 22, 2013 03:07PM Copyright 2013 The Nevada Appeal. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.