Mosquito Fire slows with 18% containment; see photo gallery of fire
RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - Sept 13 update: The Mosquito fire has grown to more than 48,000 acres, and is 18% contained.
Sept. 12 update: The Mosquito Fire is holding steady at 46,587, but remains at 10% containment. More than 11,000 people have evacuated.
SEPT. 11 MORNING UPDATE: The Mosquito Fire sending smoke into the Truckee Meadows was 41,433 acres Sunday morning, 19 percent larger than on Saturday.
But the U.S. Forest Service reported the fire on the border of Placer and El Dorado counties on the west side of the Sierra was slowing due to higher humidity brought by the remnants of Tropical Storm Kay.
Just before noon Sunday, the Truckee Meadows air quality was unhealthy due to a high level of small particulates. It is supposed to improve to unhealthy for sensitive groups by Monday.
Fire crews had 10 percent of the fire contained on Sunday morning.
“Smoke and clouds over the fire Sunday should somewhat reduce fire behavior, although the vegetation remains critically dry and is burning readily,” the Forest said in a Sunday update.
The reduced fire activity allows crews to attack the fire directly in more areas. In other areas, crews are clearing areas to slow the fire’s spread as it burns into the area.
The cause of the fire that started Tuesday remains under investigation.
There are 1,808 personnel on the fire. There are 11,117 people evacuated and 5,848 structures are threatened.
ORIGINAL STORY: The Mosquito Fire on the west side of the Sierra producing so much smoke in western Nevada grew to 33,753 acres by Saturday morning and had zero containment, the U.S. Forrest Service said.
The Washoe County Health District on Saturday afternoon forecasted unhealthy air for the Truckee Meadows on Sunday mostly due to small particulates from the fire.
The Forest Service, however, reported the Mosquito Fire spread less aggressively overnight as it increased to almost 53 square miles. It started Tuesday about 6:27 p.m. and the cause is under investigation. It is burning near the border of Placer and El Dorado counties.
Due to the influence of Tropical Storm Kay, temperatures are expected to cool and humidity should rise. Winds are expected to shift as the remnants of the storm pass through, which could affect the direction of the smoke.
The Forest Service reports 5,848 structures are threatened and 11,117 people have been evacuated. Several agencies are providing 1,565 personnel for the fire.
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