Air quality following the Voltaire Canyon Fire

Voltaire canyon fire

RENO, Nev. (News 4 & Fox 11) -- With the Voltaire Canyon Fire burning in Carson City, air quality may be a concern for many.

There are six different categories under the Air Quality Index (AQI), and they're labeled as follows:

(1) Good: Air quality is considered satisfactory, and air pollution poses little or no risk.

(2) Moderate: Air quality is acceptable; however, for some pollutants there may be a moderate health concern for a very small number of people who are unusually sensitive to air pollution.

(3) USG: "Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups", members of sensitive groups may experience health effects. The general public is not likely to be affected.

(4) Unhealthy: Everyone may begin to experience health effects; members of sensitive groups may experience more serious health effects.

(5) Very Unhealthy: Health alert: everyone may experience more serious health effects.

(6) Hazarous: Health warnings of emergency conditions. The entire population is more likely to be affected.

Winds are calm in Carson City this morning, which allows for the smoke and haze from the Voltaire Fire to linger, however, gusty winds are expected later this afternoon which will allow all of that to dissipate.

To follow hourly air quality updates, click here.

You can see the air quality trends here in Washoe County as well by clicking here.

The Washoe County Air Quality Management Division also issued an air quality trends report that shows air quality trends from 2008 to 2017.

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