The Aug. 24, 2021, R-C Morning Report

The southwest wind swirls the smoke around in Minden on Monday afternoon.

The southwest wind swirls the smoke around in Minden on Monday afternoon.


Genoa, Nev. — Andy’s Ride for Suicide Awareness has  been called on account of the smoke, Suicide Prevention Network Executive Director Debbie Posnien said on Monday. There are several outdoor events this week, including Friday’s concert in the park. Check with organizers.

Young at Heart Bingo at the Douglas County Community and Senior Center has been canceled, as have most things scheduled to occur there, while it is an evacuation center for the Caldor Fire. 

The air quality this morning is down to unhealthy for sensitive groups in the Gardnerville Ranchos, but it’s expected to deteriorate in the coming hours. The low-cost sensors in Minden and the foothills are reading very unhealthy at 5 a.m.

The Caldor Fire may be slowing down a bit, according to the satellite maps. There is still fire along the eastern front and where it hopped Highway 50, which was still closed this morning. The fire is 9 percent contained at 114,166 acres, according to

The National Fire Situational Awareness maps show the Dixie Fire still burning near Taylorsville and near Lassen Peak but it has slowed down considerably. The InciWeb is showing it 41 percent contained at 1,142 square miles.

When the wind picked up on Monday afternoon, the air quality improved a little bit, according to the monitory histories. But it wasn’t good and it didn't last very long. Expect the same pattern through Thursday with smoke or haze in the forecast every day this week.

Other than the smoke, expect sunny skies with a high temperature of 85 degrees. The wind is out of the west at 15-20 mph, gusting to 30 mph.

Kurt Hildebrand is editor of The Record-Courier. Reach him at


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