Smoke from 800 fires wafts into Valley

Anyone who beamed down to Gardnerville on Monday would have been unaware they were in a valley thanks to the haze that obscured the mountains on all sides.

More than 800 Northern California fires are expected to continue pouring smoke into Carson Valley through today, according to the National Weather Service.

Units from Nevada, including two National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters, are helping to fight the fire, according to the California Office of Emergency Services.

The Nevada Guard issued a statement that the helicopters were equipped with 600-gallon buckets and are making water drops on the Humboldt fire

Fires burning in the central Sierra include:

- North Mountain fire, burning in Tuolumne County, is at 605 acres with only 5 percent containment as of Tuesday morning. An estimated 200 homes are threatened.

- Foresthill fire is at 90 percent containment of 75 acres.

- The 50-acre Soldier fire is at 80 percent containment.

- The Yuba River complex consists of 25 fires burning 1,925 acres. 100 homes are threatened, along with 10 commercial properties and 50 outbuildings.

- The American River complex consists of 10 fires burning 1,200 acres and is at 5 percent containment.

Other fires located in Northern California:

- The Wild Fire incident, located in the Green Valley area of Napa-Solano Counties, has burned 3,750 acres and is 40 percent contained. There is one residence and one outbuilding destroyed.

n The Walker Fire is located near Indian Valley Reservoir in Lake County. This fire is 3,500 acres and 0 percent contained with 35 residences threatened.

- The Lime Complex Fire is located in Shasta-Trinity National Forest, Trinity County, five miles south of Hyampom. The fire is currently at 4,000 acres and is 0 percent contained. There are 1,200 residences, two commercial buildings and 300 outbuildings threatened. One commercial property has been destroyed.

- In the Shasta-Trinity counties, over 130 fires are burning a total of 5,000 acres, threatening 13 communities.

- Fires are burning in various locations throughout Humboldt County. The fires are currently at over 900 acres, including four new fires that started Tuesday. Five residences are threatened.

- In Butte County, fires burning near the communities of Concow, Magalia and Paradise total 1,397 acres and are 5 percent contained. 200 residences are threatened.

- 110 fires, including 20 new fires discovered Monday, are burning in Mendocino County, totaling 7,625 acres. 17 of these fires are contained. Four of the fires are larger than 1,000 acres. More than 525 homes are threatened.


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