California fire smoke cancels Reno preps again

Tuesday , September 03, 2013 - 5:20 PM

The Associated Press

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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