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Re: Fires/Smoke Effects on Backpacking Trips

Postby bgreen14 » Mon Jul 14, 2008 5:01 pm

I spent the last few days in Ansel Adams Wilderness and TM --- one day had significant haze/smoke, but the rest of the time it was very clear. Vista points were a little muddled due to the fires, but it wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be. A lot depends on which way the wind is blowing. It certainly is a great improvement on what you'll experience in the Sacramento Valley!



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Re: Fires/Smoke Effects on Backpacking Trips

Postby Snow Nymph » Mon Jul 14, 2008 9:39 pm

Smoky in the Lone Pine area. This is the first weekend I could barely see the mountains. Cough was pretty bad this weekend. My throat was sore last night (better today), and I start coughing if I take a deep breath, laugh or say more than one sentence. Been sucking on Riccola drops, which seems to help.
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Re: Fires/Smoke Effects on Backpacking Trips

Postby croupier » Tue Jul 15, 2008 11:04 am

Does anyone have an update for thousand island lake area? I plan on going to that area this weekend.
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Re: Fires/Smoke Effects on Backpacking Trips

Postby Mike McGuire » Tue Jul 15, 2008 9:15 pm

I am just back from a bit south of there, coming out of a trip down Fish Creek at Reds Meadow. It was getting pretty clear by yesterday (7/14), but distant views to the west were rather yucky. It's good enough to go IMO if photography is not the main objective.

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Re: Fires/Smoke Effects on Backpacking Trips

Postby MountainMinstrel » Tue Jul 15, 2008 11:15 pm

Pear Lake area was pretty hazy going in on Saturday. The Rain Sunday afternoon (5 hours worth) seemed to have cleared it up some.
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Re: Fires/Smoke Effects on Backpacking Trips

Postby rayfound » Thu Jul 17, 2008 9:16 pm

Going up Pine creek pass was fairly smoky on the 11th, coming back on the 15th was mostly clear. High-country/french canyon was not seriously effected during the time I was there.
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Re: Fires/Smoke Effects on Backpacking Trips

Postby drembo » Mon Jul 21, 2008 8:09 am

Big Pine Creek over the weekend. No smoke or haze.
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Re: Fires/Smoke Effects on Backpacking Trips

Postby cgundersen » Mon Jul 21, 2008 8:39 am

Hi Maverick,
As the preceding posts suggest, it's kind of luck of the draw for the smoke. My wife & I hit smoke of varying degrees of bad from the time we started in over Piute Pass (July 6th) till it started to rain late in the afternoon on the 12th (I plan to post photos at some point, I'm just slow!). Bad was when visibility dropped to a couple miles: sinuses clogged up, dull headache came on and exertion was very difficult. What amazed me was how rapidly conditions changed. It was hard to believe how the awful conditions on the 6th mitigated on the 7th and remained tolerable for a couple days before reverting to awful again, literally overnight (how huge air/particulate masses move that rapidly is impressive!). Anyway, once it started to rain (which it did a lot of, at least where we werre in McGee basin and Ionian basin), it cleared the air spectacularly. To our chagrin, one of the clearest days I've seen in years (in the Sierra) came on the day we hiked out (the 17th). It was so nice, we decided to stick around and do a day hike up Big Pine creek on the 18th. Since then, from what the webcams show, it has gradually gotten hazier, but nothing like the crap we hit on a couple days. With the weather forecast showing more thundershowers, it's likely to clear things up again (if there are no lightning-induced fires). And, at some lower elevations, the skeeters hit 3 on your scale, but the higher we went, the fewer bugs we hit..... I think you should have a fabulous time heading for Blue canyon!
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Re: Fires/Smoke Effects on Backpacking Trips

Postby maverick » Mon Jul 21, 2008 1:08 pm

Hi CG

Thanks for the update. Looking forward to your pic's.
If everything stays clear and no fires start up in the Blue Canyon area I'll head up
next week.
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Re: Fires/Smoke Effects on Backpacking Trips

Postby croupier » Mon Jul 21, 2008 5:26 pm

On my trip last weekend to silver lake/gem lake/clark lakes there wasn't any noticeable smoke.
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Re: Fires/Smoke Effects on Backpacking Trips

Postby maverick » Mon Jul 28, 2008 4:28 pm

Looking at the Sequoia-Kings Canyon and Hume Lake web cam I think I'll wait
till Sept before I go out again, maybe.
It looked promising for a moment from peoples TR's but it seems like things are changing
for the worse.
With the new fire starting near Yosemite the smokey conditions and unhealthy air quality
is only going to get worse in the sierra, the Valley is already at unhealthy conditions
according to the fed's air quality standards and moderate in SEKI.
I really do not want to get the persistent coughs people are coming down with.
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Re: Fires/Smoke Effects on Backpacking Trips

Postby SSSdave » Mon Jul 28, 2008 7:15 pm

Conditions are not as hopeless as one might think. All depends on wind directions. If we get a southwest flow, the southern Sierra will not be too bad because the southernmost fires at Big Sur and Mariposa will push clean air over the Sierra and the smoky air up towards Tahoe. But if winds blow south into the San Joaquin Valley, it will build a reservoir of hazy stagnant inversion air that even when upper level winds are coming from the south and southwest will tend to be daily drawn up western canyons into the high country. I'm set to go on a Silver Divide trip this week and look at the following information.

For maps showing fire names and where they have burned over the last year (yellow), the last 24 hours (orange), and last 12 hours (red),on the below Active Fire Map page daily select the JPEG Image:

http://activefiremaps.fs.fed.us/activef ... &rCode=cgb

On this MODIS Image page for a satelite image select the Bands 1, 4, 3 . The default date is the current day.
http://activefiremaps.fs.fed.us/imagery ... -north-000

http://activefiremaps.fs.fed.us/imagery ... -south-000

For Jetstream forecasts go to the below page and check individual charts for Eastern Pacific & Western North America:

http://virga.sfsu.edu/crws/jetstream_fcsts.html
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