Air Quality Update, September 2, 2013
Incident: Rim Fire Wildfire
Yesterday, September 1, 2013
The Rim Fire grew approximately 8, 310 acres, to a total size of 231,088 acres. Burnout operations on the northern and southern portions of the fire continued with success through the night. Southwest transport winds returned smoke to the communities northeast of the fire, including Reno, Carson City, Markleeville, Minden, and the Lake Tahoe Basin, and returned clearer skies to the Yosemite Valley, El Portal, and the San Joaquin Valley.
Monday, September 2, 2013
Smoke will again have the heaviest impacts to communities in the immediate fire area such as Groveland, Tuolumne City, Pinecrest, Bear Valley, and Greeley Hill in the morning hours. Due to a late increase in fire activity last night Pinecrest , Bear Valley, South Lake Tahoe, and Markleeville are likely to see higher smoke impacts than those seen on previous days. Last night’s fire activity doesn’t appear to have crossed the Sierra crest, so impacts this morning should be mild in Reno, Carson City, and Minden, although smoke will likely return in the afternoon. Daytime transport winds will remain southwesterly, reducing impacts to the Yosemite Valley, El Portal, and the San Joaquin Valley.
Southwest transport winds will dominate for the next several days. This should keep air quality in the Yosemite Valley and areas south of the fire in the good to moderate range. Areas north and northeast of the fire, including the Lake Tahoe Basin, and Washoe and Carson valleys will see higher impacts. Communities within the immediate fire area will continue to see intense morning smoke.
For more information visit:
California Smoke Information Blog: http://northcasmoke.blogspot.com/
San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District: http://www.valleyair.org/Home.htm
Mariposa County Air Quality: http://www.mariposacounty.org/index.aspx NID=1356
Tuolumne County Air Pollution Control: (209)533-5174 http://portal.co.tuolumne.ca.us/psp/ps/TUP_AIR_POLL_CONTROL/ENTP/h/ tab=DEFAULT