COLFAX, CA - Smoke from the 14,000-acre American Fire is blanketing much of the Sacramento area and Sierra foothills.
The smoke is thick enough in some areas that drivers used their headlights while travelling through the Interstate 80 corridor between Auburn and Colfax midday Monday.
The persistent smoke prompted Placer County health officials to issue an Air Quality Advisory, essentially telling people to stay out of the smoke, if possible.
The smoke is especially thick in and around Auburn, Colfax, and Truckee. Officials advised people living in Foresthill, where the smoke is the thickest, to stay indoors.
Some people in Colfax said they have not seen smoke sitting over their town like this for quite some time.
"It's been horrible, everyday waking up to a massive cloud of smoke," said Colfax resident Shannen Anderson. "It's been affecting my lungs, by daughter's lungs, more than ever."