Smoke from one of California’s biggest wildfires ever is dangerously contaminating the air across both California and Nevada.
The Rim Fire, which has threatened parts of Yosemite National Park, has produced a haze a mile and a quarter thick in some areas, leading authorities to urge the public to avoid any outdoor activity. ‘Unhealthful’ and ‘very unhealthy’ air quality readings have been monitored as far away as the Reno and Carson City area.
The fire is currently burning around 192,500 acres which is approximately the size of New York City. The fire is 30% contained, two weeks after a force of firefighters, now numbered around 4,500, first began working to control the blaze.