December 3, 2021

Wildfire smoke sparks ’emergency’ health warning over Lake Tahoe, among ‘most dangerous’ air quality in North America

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — Smoke produced by the Caldor Fireplace led to Lake Tahoe claiming among the worst air quality in the world Tuesday morning, in keeping with ABC7 Information Meteorologist Mike Nicco.

“This is the prevailing wind flow in the lower parts of the atmosphere,” stated Nicco. “You can see it’s actually going to get worse as we head into the afternoon hours today and into the evening hours.”

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The Caldor Fireplace grew to greater than 117,000 acres Tuesday to threaten areas main as much as the South Lake Tahoe Basin, in keeping with Cal Fireplace.

“The winds – look at them shift,” stated Nicco. “They’re so tricky in the mountains because of the different elevations.”

Lake Tahoe’s bowl-shaped valley has additionally helped lure a substantial quantity of hazy smoke from dissipating.

“I think there’s going to be a lot of smoke stuck in the valleys, which is what is causing such high pollution concentration right now,” defined Nicco.

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Two upcoming wind occasions will assist present sufficient push to clear among the present smoke away.

Winds will come out of the west on Wednesday night and blow all the heaviest and most harmful smoke by means of Lake Tahoe, stated Nicco. One other wind occasion through the in a single day hours into Thursday will unfold the smoke even additional east.

“But it’s still going to leave plenty of unhealthy air” added Nicco. “It’s going to be dangerous the next two days.”

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