Good Morning, Carson Valley: July 19

by Joey Crandall, · 1 min read

GARDNERVILLE, Nev. — Air Quality in Carson Valley plummeted overnight into the “hazardous” range as smoke continued to pour in from the Detwiler Fire near Yosemite in California.

Tuesday afternoon winds blew out much of the smoke that had accumulated during the day but as those died down, smoke settled back in overnight.

The hazardous rating from the AQI index suggests all physical outdoor activities should be avoided and anyone with heart or lung disease, older adults and children should remain indoors and keep activity levels low. Some tips on dealing with the low air quality can be found here.


The National Weather Service reports that afternoon winds should improve air quality conditions as the day progresses into evening. Look for a high of 92 degrees this afternoon with winds gusting up to 25 mph this evening. The Detwiler Fire had burned 25,000 acres with five percent containment as of the latest  update this morning. Thousands, including the entire town of Mariposa, have been evacuated.

East Fork Fire Protection District and forest service crews contained a 3.2-acre fire north of Jacks Valley Road and just west of Highway 395 Tuesday evening. East Fork also extinguished a single-tree fire near the Genoa Cemetery approximately an hour later. More on those fires here.

The Nevada Department of Transportation will have the right northbound lane of Highway 395 closed from Gilman Avenue to Mill Street today from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for road repairs.

The Sierra Chef Farm to Fork Farmers Market will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at Lampe Park.

The Douglas County Public Library will provide storytime at Lampe Park, near the farmers market, at 10 a.m. Crafts will be included.

That’s a full lid for this morning. Take care out there and have a great day.

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