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Smokey skies / air quality this weekend???

Postby mr.kurt » Thu Sep 06, 2007 10:00 pm

Hey all. Does anyone have any up-to-date info on just how smokey the Western slopes are, and will be this weekend? Other than somewhat vague air quality alerts on the NOAA website, I can't seem to find anything.

I'm thinking about heading in from Edison, Florence, or maybe Road's End in SEKI. A few weeks ago I drove all the way to the Eastern Sierra, Taboose Creek trailhead, just to choke on smoke and see absolutely no mountains. I don't mind a little haze, but sure would like to see something!

Thanks for the help. ~Kurt



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Postby copeg » Fri Sep 07, 2007 10:11 am

I'm curious, and a little worried, about this as well. The NWS has issued an air quality alert due to the Plumas Co. fire for many of the western sierra and central california county's. :puke: My plans were for a western side trip, but all these fires has me undecided where to go now.
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Postby mr.kurt » Fri Sep 07, 2007 12:19 pm

trailblazer, I just spoke with a ranger at the High Sierra District station. Apparently it is hazy, but not as bad as the lower elevations. I also found a webcam link from Sierra Summit that may help.

http://abclocal.go.com/kfsn/story?secti ... id=3394108


But after my horrible trip to the Eastside, I'm still unsure what to do...

Have a good weekend!
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Postby rightstar76 » Fri Sep 07, 2007 12:33 pm

I am planning to go out of the west side as well this weekend. I went to the web cam page of Steven Bourelle's Sierra Visions http://www.sierravisionsstock.com/cams.html and clicked on "Sierra Wildland Fire Cams". Then I clicked on Lookout Peak, Converse Peak and Shell Mt. It looks a little hazy. Back on the main web cam page I clicked on Sequoia-Kings Canyon and looked at the air quality reading which is at Giant Forest and now in the moderate category. Don't know if I should go out of the east side. I really don't want to do that because then I have to carry an aluminum insert with my ursack.
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Postby doug395 » Fri Sep 07, 2007 5:03 pm

Looks pretty smokey / hazy from the Yosemite cam.


http://www.yosemite.org/vryos/TurtlebackCam.htm
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Postby cgundersen » Mon Sep 10, 2007 5:11 pm

My wife and I spent 5 days in the Bear Lakes-Merriam-East Pinnacles area (via Pine Creek trailhead and that trail has been amazingly improved by a trail crew since I last went in) and came out on Saturday (8th). The last two days were very hazy, and as people have inferred from the webcams, it's staying that way! You might want to keep looking at webcams to see how it evolves!
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Postby copeg » Mon Sep 10, 2007 7:52 pm

I just got back from hiking around the Silver Divide sat-mon. The smoke kept its distance and there were clear skies. This morning (mon) I woke up with the view north to Ritter and Banner near Silver Pass almost completely obscured from smoke/haze. Skies where I was were clear with a tiny bit of haze, and seemed clear all up to Mammoth Mtn, but north of there, yuck - the cutoff for the majority of smoke seemed to be the San Joaquin drainage.
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Postby Cloudy » Tue Sep 11, 2007 7:24 am

I hiked out of Courtright last week and the haze was there but not too bad. I also hiked up to the Boole Tree in Sequoia Nat'l Forest overlooking Kings Canyon and the haze was terrible. It would have been a nice view otherwise (this was on Friday).
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Postby MountainMinstrel » Tue Sep 11, 2007 7:55 pm

I car camped last night (Monday) at Courtright and the skys were exeptionaly clear. That could have been due to the strom that blew through around 5PM or so, but it was great!
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