Stage 3 Air Quality Emergency Episode Rescinded

Sep 19, 2022

Reno/Sparks, Nev. Sept. 19, 2022 – The Washoe County Health District – Air Quality Management Division (AQMD) has rescinded a Stage 3 Air Quality Emergency Episode due to improved air quality in the region. There are no smoke-related warnings or advisories in Washoe County at this time.

The Mosquito Fire, burning west of Lake Tahoe, was the primary cause of the poor air quality in Washoe County recently. It’s been reported that recent rain decreased fire behavior significantly, which contributed to better air quality in our area.

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AQMD can issue a Stage 1, Stage 2, Stage 3, and Stage 4 Emergency Episode with the Stage 4 being the most severe. More information on the stages can be found here.

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The Washoe County Health District is nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board and has jurisdiction over all public health matters in Reno, Sparks, and Washoe County through the policy-making Washoe County District Board of Health. The District consists of five divisions: Administrative Health Services, Air Quality Management, Community and Clinical Health Services, Environmental Health Services and Epidemiology & Public Health Preparedness. More info can be found here.