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West slope fire sending haze into Carson Valley

Staff Reports

Smoke from the 3,200-acre Trailhead Fire burning on the west slope of the Sierra is seeping into Western Nevada, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Light to moderate smoke from the fire will increase haze in Carson Valley, mainly after 2-4 p.m. thanks to the afternoon Zephyr.

Forecasters are predicting smoke and haze could affect Lake Tahoe, Carson Valley and points east later today.

There could be some degradation of air quality in the Valley, but that will depend on fire behavior and the exact direction of the wind.

Smoke may concentrate in the Tahoe Basin.

Mandatory evacuations are in place due to the fire, which is burning in steep forested terrain in the canyon of the American River’s middle fork.

More than 1,900 firefighters are battling the blaze, which is only 12 percent contained, according to the Saturday update.