Thursday, May 26, 2011


Fire season continues and we hold our collective breath -- literally at times because of the dense smoke. Again, major fires in the valleys east and west of us. To the east, 44,000 acres and growing. Nearer and to the west, 10,000 acres and growing. On Monday afternoon the wind blew from the west. I could smell the smoke in my office with all the doors and windows closed. A quick dash into Target on the way home resulted in sniffles and red eyes. Visibility was about half a mile.

The photo shows the fire east of us at about 1 pm yesterday. The plume in the center is about 75 miles away. After I put my camera away and started driving, I noticed that the plume doubled and darkened as the afternoon winds kicked up.

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