The July 26, 2021, R-C Morning Report

Sunflowers look every which way for the sun on Sunday.

Sunflowers look every which way for the sun on Sunday.
Photo by Kurt Hildebrand.


Genoa, Nev. — With an air quality index in the Gardnerville Ranchos of 114, or unhealthy for sensitive groups, it’s pretty much the best morning we’ve had in a week or two. But even as the Tamarack Fire slows down the Dixie Fire is more than making up for that smoke. Air in Spanish Springs is on the cusp of hazardous levels.

Visibility at Minden-Tahoe Airport dropped to six miles this morning as the breeze blew more smoke in at 6 a.m. today. Thunderstorms could play a part in determining where the smoke will go, and that’s not going to be an easy prediction to make.

We might well get some rain this afternoon and evening as the monsoons return through the week, with storm coverage today and Wednesday, but dipping on Tuesday.

There are flash flood watches in Esmeralda and Nye counties this morning. Forecasters say it only takes 5-10 minutes of heavy rain to

send mud and debris from the Tamarack burn area down stream, and that night storms could catch residents off guard.

The Nevada Department of Transportation lifted the closure of Highway 395 between China Spring and Holbrook Junction right on the dot at 6 a.m.

Today’s forecast calls for isolated showers and thunderstorms after 2 p.m. with an increased chance tonight between 5 p.m. and 4 a.m. Tuesday. It’s going to be warm with a forecast high of 98 degrees before the high temperature drops to 88 degrees on Tuesday.

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


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