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Just returned from the east side

Postby Sierra_Summits » Fri Aug 19, 2016 8:54 pm

I just left the sierra due to too much smoke for my taste. There was smoke in the air pretty much my whole drive home from bishop to santa cruz. While out in the mountains you couldn't really see too much smoke in your direct vicinity but as soon as you got any view of distance peaks you can see there is a lot of smoke in the air. I like to take photos so when the sun sets and rises into the smoke it pretty much takes all the best light. Just FYI
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Re: 2016 Fire and Smoke Impact Reports / Maps

Postby Shhsgirl » Sat Aug 20, 2016 8:34 pm

My son in law is a firefighter, He says almost all of the early season fires have been arson. For what it's worth.
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Re: 2016 Fire and Smoke Impact Reports / Maps

Postby SSSdave » Mon Aug 22, 2016 11:47 am

Appears the Soberanes fire will continue to put smoke into the California atmosphere for another 40 days at least. The below news link has quite a lot of information on the fire fighting strategy of letting it burn. Suspect the end of September date is really just when they expect an early cold front might put some rain on it.

http://www.eastbaytimes.com/california/ ... source=rss

Also apparently a lot of the firefighters have succumbed to the evil itch.


Firefighters battling wildfires on the Los Padres National Forest have more to contend with than just heat, flames, smoke and hazardous terrain. There is another enemy lurking in their midst: the all too familiar poison oak. Poison oak is prevalent in most areas on the forest and some firefighters are saying it is the worst they have even seen. Five hundred firefighters have reported to the fire’s medial units for poison oak related ailments with 200 cases in the past three days.
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Re: 2016 Fire and Smoke Impact Reports / Maps

Postby rlown » Mon Aug 22, 2016 3:52 pm

about time they just let something burn that needs to burn. And that should mean they're not in it's way inhaling the PO fumes.. A really bad thing...
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Re: 2016 Fire and Smoke Impact Reports / Maps

Postby SSSdave » Thu Aug 25, 2016 9:04 am

With our Labor Day weekend approaching, I am now barely hanging on the fence about committing to my own plans of going into Dusy Basin. The air clarity is generally mildly smoky across the whole central and southern Sierra Nevada as one ca see on this map.

http://wxshift.com/news/us-wildfires-one-map

Note turn off the Satellite overlay to better view smoke areas. The jetstream forecasts for later next week continue to show a general westerly flow especially now since a trough dropping out of the Gulf of Alaska will be setting up across the northern areas with the southern extent still unclear. If it moves further south than expected, that could push smoke from Monterey County fires further south than the central Sierra. And for sunset, smoke from fires on the coast would dim sunset light just like we saw a few weeks ago.

There is also a new lightning caused fire near Frog Lake in the Mokelumne River basin that they plan to let burn. That fire and the still burning Horseshoe and Cedar fires down south in Sequoia NF will keep Owens Valley air very dirty that each day will suck air up the canyons likely making afternoon east side photography lousy.

Snippet from Howard S:


http://mammothweather.com/

End of August and Labor Day Weekend Outlook:

The 2nd half of next week looks a bit cooler and breezy as the first fall like trough settle’s into the Great Basin over the holiday weekend. The ECMWF probably has the right idea with Eastern CA on the back side of this weather system bringing cooler weather with highs in the 60s at resort levels and nights in the 30s. The Dweebs will have an update on the pattern change next week….


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The result of the above is that I am likely to cancel my 6-day Dusy reservation and instead at most wing it just doing a holiday weekend road trip with day hiking up near Tioga Pass in order to catch some fall leaf color from dwarf bilberry and arctic willow. Thus am thinking about making an early dawn headlamp departure from the Mono Pass trailhead just with camera gear up the 4.5 miles to Spillway Lake. And then on another morning do the shortcut from Virgin Dome up to Lower Cathedral Lake.
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Re: 2016 Fire and Smoke Impact Reports / Maps

Postby balance » Mon Aug 29, 2016 7:21 am

Can anyone recommend an area in the Sierra Nevada that is free of smoke. I plan an eight day trip into the high country beginning this Thursday, Sept 1. From the reports here on HST the entire Sierra Nevada is smoked out. According to the Forest Service smoke map, Yosemite looks to be okay.

Any info or suggestions would be much appreciated.

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Re: 2016 Fire and Smoke Impact Reports / Maps

Postby rayfound » Mon Aug 29, 2016 1:17 pm

Balance - note that the smoke is mostly a light haze in most areas right now. Bad for photos, but doesn't seem to be causing much respiratory distress. I'm not seeing any smoke areas as dense as last year.
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Re: 2016 Fire and Smoke Impact Reports / Maps

Postby SSSdave » Mon Aug 29, 2016 1:53 pm

Just cancelled my Treasure Lakes reservation for this coming Wednesday August 31. Thus frees up another slot for one person. Of note the smoke conditions map does not look as bad versus a few days ago but then a breezy period is forecast over the next few days as the noted trough digs down from the northwest so that could cause smoke to increase.
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Re: 2016 Fire and Smoke Impact Reports / Maps

Postby overheadx2 » Mon Aug 29, 2016 3:10 pm

I must be missing it. I looked on the Ca fire map and saw a couple of fires along the coast, up towards Tahoe and down by Isabella, but didn't see any fires that would effect the sierra. All this talk of cancelling trips due to smoke has me a little concerned.
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Re: 2016 Fire and Smoke Impact Reports / Maps

Postby maverick » Mon Aug 29, 2016 3:59 pm

I must be missing it. I looked on the Ca fire map and saw a couple of fires along the coast, up towards Tahoe and down by Isabella, but didn't see any fires that would effect the sierra. All this talk of cancelling trips due to smoke has me a little concerned.


It is not about the fires being in the Sierra, it is about the large fires like the Soberanes, Cedar, and Rey Fires that have a lot of smoke emanating from them be and if the prevailing winds direction is towards the Sierra, it will create less than ideal conditions. Over the weekend we had smokey condition in the Bay Area and have had for quite a few days before that.
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Re: 2016 Fire and Smoke Impact Reports / Maps

Postby balance » Mon Aug 29, 2016 9:54 pm

Thank you very much for your replies regarding smoke in the Sierra Nevada. I spoke with a Yosemite ranger today who said that the air quality in Northern Yosemite has been clear. I'm thinking that might be a good bet for a Sept. 2 through Sept. 9 hiking trip.

On a larger scale, some might think these conditions are just normal weather cycles. I think part of this smoke problem is a sorry consequence of the disrespectful things people are doing to our Mother Earth.

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Air Quality Alert 8/30

Postby maverick » Tue Aug 30, 2016 1:09 pm

NWS:

AIR QUALITY ALERT MESSAGE
SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY AIR POLLUTION CONTROL DISTRICT RELAYED BY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY CA 328 PM PDT MON AUG 29 2016

THE SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY AIR POLLUTION CONTROL DISTRICT IS CONTINUING AN AIR QUALITY ALERT DUE TO SMOKE IMPACTS FROM THE CEDAR WILDFIRE IN TULARE AND THE VALLEY PORTION OF KERN COUNTIES.

THIS AIR QUALITY ALERT IS IN EFFECT UNTIL TUESDAY AFTERNOON AUGUST 30.

THE AIR QUALITY ALERT HAS EXPIRED FOR SAN JOAQUIN, STANISLAUS, MERCED, MADERA, FRESNO, AND KINGS COUNTIES.

EXPOSURE TO PARTICLE POLLUTION CAN CAUSE SERIOUS HEALTH PROBLEMS, AGGRAVATE LUNG DISEASE, CAUSE ASTHMA ATTACKS AND ACUTE BRONCHITIS, AND INCREASE RISK OF RESPIRATORY INFECTIONS.

RESIDENTS ARE ADVISED TO USE CAUTION AS CONDITIONS WARRANT. PEOPLE WITH HEART OR LUNG DISEASES SHOULD FOLLOW THEIR DOCTORS
ADVICE FOR DEALING WITH EPISODES OF UNHEALTHY AIR QUALITY.

ADDITIONALLY, OLDER ADULTS AND CHILDREN SHOULD AVOID PROLONGED EXPOSURE, STRENUOUS ACTIVITIES OR HEAVY EXERTION, AS CONDITIONS
DICTATE.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, CALL YOUR LOCAL SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY AIR DISTRICT OFFICE.
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