Lake Tahoe has some of the worst air quality in North America right now.
The prevailing winds are carrying smoke from the nearby Caldor Fire right into the Tahoe Basin.
At the time of writing, the lodge at the Alpine Meadows ski area has an air quality rating of 547, the worst in the region. The Air Quality Index goes up to 500. Anything beyond 500 is considered “beyond index.” Anything over 300 is “hazardous.”
“Anything beyond 500, there isn’t really a number that can be calculated. It’s really 500-plus. It’s the worst it can get.”
– Brendan Schnieder, air quality specialist at the Washoe County Health District in Reno, Nevada told SF Gate
Smoke inhalation is a serious risk to many people’s health, especially if they have other health conditions like asthma. So what can we do about it? The Oregon Health Authority released the following recommendations to reduce the health effects of wildfire smoke:
- Pay attention to local air quality reports
- Limit outdoor activity as much as possible
- Keep indoor air as clean as possible using a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter and keeping windows and doors closed
- Do not add to indoor pollution by vacuuming, smoking, or burning anything inside
- Drink lots of water to help reduce inflammation