Thursday update: Dense smoke advisory continues |

Thursday update: Dense smoke advisory continues

Smoke in downtown Minden.
Kurt Hildebrand |

A dense smoke advisory was extended another 12 hours until 5 p.m. today as the Rim fire continues to cast a pall over Carson Valley.

The National Weather Service extended its advisory to 5 p.m. today and told Western Nevada residents to expect the smoke to stick around through Labor Day.

Winds out of the southwest will continue to carry smoke from the fire into the Valley through Saturday at least. Forecasters say there’s a 60 percent chance that the smoke will continue through the end of the long weekend.

Today’s outdoor sporting events were cancelled due to poor air quality, and a decision about whether Friday’s games will be played will be made 1 p.m. today.

Douglas golfers, indoors on Wednesday due to the smoke, watched “The Legend of Bagger Vance,” since they couldn’t practice outside.

Organizers canceled The 2013 Bear Valley Soap Box Derby because of the smoke.

The Rim fire is up to 192,737 acres according to an update issued this morning. The fire is 30 percent contained as nearly 5,000 firefighters battle the blaze. So far, 11 homes, three commercial buildings and 97 outbuildings have been destroyed by the fire. Three firefighters have been injured and the cost of fighting the fire is up to $39.2 million.

Tioga Pass Road through Yosemite is closed a half mile east of White Wolf, which means if you planned to go to the park this Labor Day weekend, you’ll have to go the long way.

Park officials say the eastern portion of the park, including Tuolumne Meadows, isn’t affected by the fire. From satellite imagery, it doesn’t appear to have as much smoke as Carson Valley does.