Smoke and Fires Again
We had a great reprieve from smoke and the fires for a few weeks. It is still extremely dry however and then the wind picked up. Fires burst back to life and many new fires started. We had two small ones within a few miles of our home and my in-law's had their third large fire within 5 or 10 miles. They have been near an evacuation zone 3 times this summer.
Here is the fire that is near them now:
If you scroll down you can see the towering smoke plumes.
We keep monitoring the fire to make sure they don't have to evacuate.
My Mom was supposed to come up to meet us and could not due to the highway to the south being closed for the huge fire down there which is now over 100,000 acres. The one to the north is only about 3,000 acres. Both fires are closing the highways to the north and south. We are far away from both of these (and have the ocean between us as we stick out in a peninsula) so we are fine but there is heavy smoke drifting in. The air quality here reached "hazardous" today. I am so glad our home is 15 miles away and the air is a bit better than here in town where we work.
Hopefully the wind shifts again...I am sick of having a permanent headache and burning eyes from the smoke.
We never have smoke in a normal August since we usually have rain. We usually have enough rain throughout the summer that we need to mow the lawn every week and it gets almost too tall in that week. This year we have not mowed since June!