California fire smoke cancels Reno preps again

Sep 3 2013 - 5:20pm

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A smoky haze blankets Virginia Street headed south from the main downtown casino strip near California Street as health district officials raised an air quality alert to the "red" unhealthy level, Friday afternoon, Aug. 23, 2013 in Reno, Nev.. The smoke from a massive wildfire burning 150 miles to the south at Yosemite National Park prompted school officials to keep children inside Friday in Carson City, Washoe and Douglas counties.
(AP Photo/Scott Sonner)
A smoky haze blankets Virginia Street headed south from the main downtown casino strip near California Street as health district officials raised an air quality alert to the "red" unhealthy level, Friday afternoon, Aug. 23, 2013 in Reno, Nev.. The smoke from a massive wildfire burning 150 miles to the south at Yosemite National Park prompted school officials to keep children inside Friday in Carson City, Washoe and Douglas counties.
(AP Photo/Scott Sonner)

RENO, Nev. -- Lingering smoke from a big California wildfire has forced the cancellation of high school soccer and tennis matches in Reno and sent football practice indoors again due to concerns about unhealthy air quality.

State athletic officials canceled all outdoor events and practices Tuesday in Reno-Sparks, Carson City and surrounding areas when the air quality index exceeded the 100 level shortly after noon.

The 118 reading considered unhealthy for sensitive populations slipped back to a moderate reading of 97 after 2 p.m. It had shown significant improvement at times over the holiday weekend.

Football practice has been held indoors along most of the Sierra's eastern front since smoke from the fire at Yosemite National Park more than 100 miles away began to thicken on Aug. 22.

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