RENO, Nev. (AP) — Health officials in smoky Reno have raised the seriousness of an air quality alert to include the general population as a thick haze worsens from a massive wildfire burning more than 150 miles away at Yosemite National Park.
The Washoe County Health District says the air quality index pushed into the red, unhealthy zone Friday with a peak reading of 166.READ MORE: Ring Videos Show Creepy Encounters By Man At Home of Sacramento Mother And Her Children
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Officials issued an initial alert Thursday for sensitive populations when the index surpassed 100. The 150 level triggers the red alert indicating even people without respiratory conditions may be affected.
Everyone is urged to reduce prolonged or heavy exertion. Such activities should be avoided altogether by the elderly, young and people with heart or lung disease.MORE NEWS: 'A Trend That Won't Go Away': Sacramento City Leaders Consider Permanent Plans For Street Dining
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