Hot smoky days on the way for Carson Valley |

Hot smoky days on the way for Carson Valley

Smoke wafts into Carson Valley from fires burning in Yosemite.
J.T. Humphrey

Smoke from two fires burning in Yosemite wafted into southern Carson Valley on Monday night.

The smoke only had moderate effects on air quality in the Gardnerville Ranchos, according to the meter located in Ranchos Aspen Park.

However, forecasters are predicting hazier conditions toward the end of the week after high pressure settles into the region.

The 5,200-acre South Fork Fire is burning east of Mariposa.

The fire has been burning in the timber near Wawona, Calif., since Aug. 13, and is 44 percent contained.

Hotter and drier weather is expected to increase burning on the fire, which is burning in steep and inaccessible terrain on the Merced River.

The Empire fire is burning more than 4,100 acres near Bridalveil campground in the Yosemite wilderness. Crews are allowing the fire to burn naturally while making sure the perimeter is controlled. The fire started Aug. 1 and isn’t expected to be out until Halloween.

Forecasters say initial thunderstorm activity south of Highway 50 this afternoon could bring wet and dry storms.

By Wednesday, most of the activity should be north of Interstate 80, with dry lightning.

Clouds should clear out in time to bring potentially record hot weather for the Labor Day weekend.

The high pressure will also increase the amount of haze and smoke from fires burning in northwest California and Oregon.

A red flag warning has been issued 2-11 p.m. today for the eastern slope of the Sierra in California due to thunderstorms. The area doesn’t include Western Nevada, including Douglas and Carson City, but does include Lyon, Churchill and the Great Basin.

High temperatures are expected to reach 97 degrees on Saturday and Sunday. The record of 100 degrees was set in 1950 for Sept. 2. The record for Sept. 3 is 102, and was also set in 1950. The average high temperature for this time of year is 87 degrees.