Wildfire smoke leads to unhealthy air warnings in Placer, El Dorado counties
Smoke from the Rim Fire raging near Yosemite and from Placer County's American Fire has worsened air quality today in the Sacramento region.
After improvements in the past two days, air quality deteriorated Tuesday morning in the foothill area of Placer County. The county's Air Pollution Control District reported that the air quality index in Foresthill had pushed into the hazardous zone, while in both Auburn and Colfax, the index stands in the lower part of the unhealthy range.
"Auburn is definitely sitting in the smoke right now," said Ann Hobbs, an air control specialist at Placer County. "(The index) has steadily risen as the smoke has started coming down the hill."
In El Dorado County, the Air Quality Management District has set up three portable monitors to measure air quality, according to air pollution control officer Dave Johnston.
Monitors at fire stations near Georgetown and Cool both reported air quality in the unhealthy range, while the monitor at Pinewood Elementary School in Pollock Pines reported air quality in the very unhealthy range...
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