Nevada wildfire north of Reno now 78 square miles |

Nevada wildfire north of Reno now 78 square miles

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What to DO during wildfire smoke events:

Stay indoors with windows and doors closed; run air-conditioner on “recirculate” setting. Keep the fresh-air intake closed and the filter clean to prevent outdoor smoke from getting inside.

Minimize the use of swamp coolers. If it becomes too warm indoors, individuals may consider leaving the area to seek alternative shelter.

Do not add to indoor pollution. When smoke levels are high, do not use anything that burns, such as candles, fireplaces, or gas stoves.

Do not vacuum, because vacuuming stirs up particles already inside your home.

Do not smoke, because smoking puts even more pollution into the air.

Follow your doctor’s advice about medicines and about your respiratory management plan if you have asthma or another lung disease. Call your doctor if your symptoms worsen.

If you evacuate, make sure you take all essential medications along with you.

Do not rely on dust masks or N95 respirators for protection. If you wish to wear something, use a wet handkerchief or bandana to cover your mouth and nose. The key – keep it moist.

When driving make sure to drive with the windows rolled up and the air conditioner on “recirculate.”

Minimize or stop outdoor activities, especially exercise, during smoky conditions.

People who must spend time outdoors should drink plenty of fluids.

Additionally, pet owners should consider bringing their pets indoors out of the unhealthy air conditions, if possible. This is especially important for older pets.

Carson City Health and Human Services

RENO — A series of wildfires continues to grow in northern Nevada, where about 800 firefighters are working to stop flames that had threatened a tribal town and nearby hamlets near Pyramid Lake, about 35 miles north of Reno.

A fire spokeswoman, Jesse Bender, said Monday the overall fire area is now about 78 square miles.

She says one firefighter reported a minor injury.

Residents in about 30 homes in Cottonwood Creek and Fish Springs Ranch have been told they’ll get a 30-minute notice to evacuate if necessary.

About 600 people were ordered out of the shoreline town of Sutcliffe during the weekend, and 200 were evacuated from beach areas.

Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribal officials say six houses and mobile homes, two vehicles and several out-buildings at historic Hardscrabble Ranch burned.

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