Aspen fire smoke casts pall in Valley |

Aspen fire smoke casts pall in Valley

Staff Reports
Smoke from California wildfires created a dramatic sunset on Monday night.
Jim Grant | The Record-Courier

Shifting wind patterns brought smoke from the 21,381-acre Aspen fire burning northwest of Fresno in the Sierra foothills back to Carson Valley on Sunday.

By Monday, more smoke came into the Valley, thanks in part to backfires lit to increase the size of the fireline.

Firing operations on Monday and Tuesday were being used to remove unburned fuels between the active fireline and the contingency lines which fire crews have been creating over the past several days, according to fire officials. The burning put additional smoke into the air.

Smoke from the Aspen Fire is impacting air quality in local communities. Individuals sensitive to smoke should remain indoors and keep windows closed, to minimize exposure to smoke.

Firefighters have a line three-quarters of the way around the fire, which was set by lightning on July 22, according to Tuesday’s update

Firefighters hope to have the fire contained by Saturday.

After several days of dry weather, isolated thunderstorms returned to portions of eastern California and Western Nevada this week as low pressure arrives in Northern California, according to the National Weather Service.

West winds 5-10 mph today, gusting up to 25 mph tonight will help clear the smoke. A chance of thunderstorms and showers returns to Carson Valley on Thursday, along with cooler high temperatures.

According to the National Weather Service, the high is forecast to be 81 degrees on Friday and 84 degrees on Saturday.

On Tuesday callers reported smoke plumes on the Bison fire that turned out to be dust devils. Reports were forwarded to the Sierra Front Interagency Dispatch for investigation.