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Fire smoke from California causing more problems in Reno area

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Updated: 8/24/2013 5:40 pm
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

RENO -- Dense smoke from major California wildfires continues to pour into the Reno area, causing event cancellations to mount and local health officials to expand pollution warnings into Tuesday.

Among the latest weekend events scrubbed were a fund-raising outdoor concert for cancer patients in Carson City, an outdoor family concert and a star-gazing party in the Minden area, and a Nevada-USF women's soccer game in Reno.

Care Flight air ambulance spokeswoman Temple Fletcher says the poor visibility also has prevented the Reno-based service from responding to some emergency calls across the region in the last couple of days.

The Washoe County Health District says the air quality index remained in the "unhealthy" range around Reno as it hit the 158 mark mid-Saturday afternoon, down from 200 on Friday.

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