The National Weather Service said on August 23 that the Reno/Sparks area of Nevada recorded its worst-ever air quality as smoke from the nearby Caldor Fire suffocated the region.
“For those of you wondering if the air quality yesterday was the worst ever in the Reno/Sparks area … the answer is an unfortunate yes,” the weather service said on Twitter.
Video by Doston Nemat shows a smoky drive along a road in nearby Truckee, California, on August 22.
“This is what it’s like to pass through a thick cloud of smoke of an ongoing wild fire on the Northern California mountains,” Nemat wrote in the caption.
As of August 24, the Caldor Fire was measured at 117,704 acres (184 square miles) and was nine percent contained, officials said.
Cal Fire said 12 active wildfires burning across California had torched more than 1.54 million acres (approximately 2,265 square miles) by August 24. Credit: Doston Nemat via Storyful