Day 183/Day 33

This is what it looks like out my window today:

Not so smoky you can’t see across the street, but smoky enough that there’s a haze between me and the houses across the street.  It’s 91°, headed for a high of 100° and the AQI is 416.  When you think that the worst AQI reading possible is 500, you realize the air is pretty bad.  It smells like smoke in the house, as if I left something burning on the stove.

Where’s it all coming from?  The best I can figure out, it’s coming from the Claremont Fire, which is part of the North Fire Complex, on the Plumas National Forest, which is 69 miles northeast of me.  Here’s the satellite shot:

See the lone fire in the upper right?  That’s the one.  If you drew a line about 17° northeast from the San Francisco Bay, you’d draw a line through my town.  Where the smoke starts getting blacker.  NOAA says the smoke will continue through the night, and will be patchy tomorrow, with clear skies Thursday.  What NOAA doesn’t say is that’s all dependent on whether they get the fire under control, or not.  And given that there’s a high wind advisory until 6:00🕕 tonight, and a Red Flag warning in place until 5:00🕔 tomorrow, my money’s on not.

Are you surprised when I tell you I didn’t go walking this morning?

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3 weeks ago

Stay safe …

kat
3 weeks ago

is this in California?

stay safe

3 weeks ago

@kaliko Yes Kat, a suburb of Sacramento.  I’m not in any danger — the fire would have to burn though 69 miles of towns, cities & forest to get to me.  It’s just obnoxious.

3 weeks ago

Yes, stay safe…

3 weeks ago

@catholicchristian Thanks.  I’m OK, it’s just ugly out there.

3 weeks ago

I wouldn’t be going anywhere just stay put because breathing fire smoke is not good for anyone. Stay safe my friend.

3 weeks ago

@jaythesmartone It’s 5:30 🕟here & it’s so dark we have to turn the lights on.  In the middle of summer, it’s dark at 5:30!  Well not dark exactly, but the light is so hazy it makes it dark in the house.  And no, I’m not going anywhere.

3 weeks ago

Pretty much the same here. This bad air has me wheezing and coughing. And there is a kid running up and down the stairs sounding like a horse.

3 weeks ago

@bonnierose Me too on  the hacking & coughing.  Fortunately I don’t have the stairs or the kid though.  Good grief!  A car just went down the street & it stirred up … ashes!  Like there was dust on the road.  Definitely not going anywhere today & maybe not even tomorrow!

3 weeks ago

Oh my gosh!  Just horrible!

3 weeks ago

@wildrose_2 Yeah,k but wait until you see today’s post!

Jon
3 weeks ago

That looks awful. Not good air to breathe. I hope that it clears up on Thursday.