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Fire Weather Watch issued for Wednesday, Thursday

Nevada Appeal staff report

Smoke from several fires in the region will continue to inundate Carson City until at least Friday, according to the National Weather Service.

Additionally, a Fire Weather Watch has been issued for Wednesday and Thursday.

Fires in California and western Nevada continue to produce heavy amounts of smoke region wide, the NWS said. While air quality is worse closer to fires, all western Nevada and Sierra valley locations are experiencing diminished air quality to some degree.

Urban locations can expect additional reductions to air quality each afternoon through at least Wednesday as low level ozone increases, according to the NWS.

It is best to avoid prolonged exposure if possible and reconsider outdoor activities.

Also, the NWS in Reno has issued a Fire Weather Watch for gusty winds and low humidity, which is in effect from Wednesday afternoon through Wednesday evening and again Thursday afternoon through Thursday evening.

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The weather forecast for the week:

Today: Widespread haze. Sunny, with a high near 95. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Tonight: Widespread haze. Mostly clear, with a low around 59. West wind 10 to 15 mph becoming light in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph.

Thursday: Widespread haze. Sunny, with a high near 94. West wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Thursday night: Widespread haze. Clear, with a low around 56.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 92.

Friday night: Clear, with a low around 57.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 90.

What Should You Be Doing?

Stay indoors with windows and doors closed; run air-conditioner on “recirculate” setting. Keep the fresh-air intake closed and the filter clean to prevent outdoor smoke from getting inside. Minimize the use of swamp coolers. If it becomes too warm indoors, individuals may consider leaving the area to seek alternative shelter.

Don’t add to indoor pollution. When smoke levels are high, don’t use anything that burns, such as candles, fireplaces, or gas stoves. Don’t vacuum, because vacuuming stirs up particles already inside your home. Don’t smoke, because smoking puts even more pollution into the air.

Follow your doctor’s advice about medicines and about your respiratory management plan if you have asthma or another lung disease, Call your doctor if your symptoms worsen. If you evacuate, make sure you take all essential medications along with you.

Don’t rely on dust masks or N95 respirators for protection. If you wish to wear something, use a wet handkerchief or bandana to cover your mouth and nose. The key — keep it moist.

When driving make sure to drive with the windows rolled up and the air conditioner on “recirculate.”

Minimize or stop outdoor activities, especially exercise, during smoky conditions.

People who must spend time outdoors should drink plenty of fluids.

Additionally, pet owners should consider bringing their pets indoors out of the unhealthy air conditions, if possible. This is especially important for older pets.

Stay tuned to local radio and TV for emergency announcements about air quality.

Stay in touch with family and friends, especially if you live alone. Exercise your communications plan.

To keep up-to-date on the status of the air quality in Carson City, check: https://www.airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=airnow.local_city&mapcenter=0&cityid=819

For more information on the health implications of wildfires, go to: https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/wildfires/index.html.