The Aug. 26, 2021, R-C Morning Report

A red sun rises over Genoa this morning shining on the statue of Snowshoe Thompson.

A red sun rises over Genoa this morning shining on the statue of Snowshoe Thompson.


Genoa, Nev. — The haze in Carson Valley is a little bit thicker this morning than it was on Wednesday morning with the Minden low-cost air quality sensor indicating very unhealthy conditions as of 6 a.m. The permanent sensor in the Gardnerville Ranchos is showing unhealthy for sensitive groups.

Coronavirus testing and vaccinations will be outdoors at the Douglas County Community & Senior Center if smoke conditions allow. Testing is 2-3 p.m. while the vaccination clinic is 4-5:30 p.m. As with any outdoor events proposed, check with organizers to see if it’s still occurring.

Satellite mapping shows the nearest Caldor Fire hot spot is around six miles from Echo Summit this morning and the Leek Springs fire camera is still showing smoke boiling up from the mountain side.

University of California, Davis, Pyrogeographer Dr. Crystal Kolden warned that there are downed big trees on the fire’s eastern front that were knocked down in a Jan. 18-19 wind event that could keep the fire roaring for a while.

In a little not smoke news, the Stateline casinos raked in $32.2 million in July, up from $21.1 million last year, when they were still recovering from the lockdown. Casinos in East Fork Township and Carson City, which are combined by the Nevada Gaming Control Board for reporting purposes, brought in $12.1 million, up from $9.6 million last year.

Expect widespread haze and smoke today and every day for the next week. The high today is forecast to hit 88 degrees with sunny skies and the wind out of the northwest 5 mph in the afternoon.

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


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