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Washoe County Health District Issues Stage 1 Air Pollution Alert


Reno/Sparks, Nev. July 23, 2021 – The Washoe County Health District – Air Quality Management Division (AQMD) has issued a Stage 1 Air Pollution Alert for Washoe County based on current and expected air pollution levels this weekend because of area wildfires. A Stage 1 alert means that sensitive groups can be susceptible to increased health risks and should take precaution.

The main wildfires contributing to the poor air quality are the Dixie, Fly and Tamarack fires. Air quality in the Reno-Sparks area could reach the “Unhealthy” and “Very Unhealthy” ranges at times starting Friday evening. To see current air quality in Reno-Sparks, click here; for information on what the air quality index colors mean, click here.

Areas throughout Washoe County can expect similar smoke impacts and poor air quality conditions. Periods of heavy smoke and clearing may rapidly fluctuate during the weekend depending on wind patterns. AQMD has issued these recommendations to reduce exposure to smoke:

  • Avoid or reduce outdoor and physical activities
  • Stay indoors with the windows and doors closed; if possible, run the air conditioner on recirculation function
  • Avoid using a swamp cooler or whole-house fan to prevent bringing additional smoke inside
  • Consult your physician for health questions, especially those with heart and lung issues

AQMD can issue a Stage 1 (Alert), Stage 2 (Warning) or Stage 3 (Emergency) notifications with the Stage 3 alert meaning the conditions are the most severe. More information on the stages can be found here.

Visit OurCleanAir.com for additional information on the Air Quality Management Division.

The Washoe County Health District is nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board and has jurisdiction over all public health matters in Reno, Sparks, and Washoe County through the policy-making Washoe County District Board of Health. The District consists of five divisions: Administrative Health Services, Air Quality Management, Community and Clinical Health Services, Environmental Health Services and Epidemiology & Public Health Preparedness. More info can be found here.



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