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Re: 2013 Fire & Smoke Reports

Postby AlmostThere » Sun Jul 28, 2013 3:58 pm

Courtright - was very smoky to the point that there were no views on the way in.

On Sunday there was a light haze, but the views were back... seems to depend on where the wind shifts.



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Re: 2013 Fire & Smoke Reports

Postby Alpenglow » Sun Jul 28, 2013 4:31 pm

Today 7/28, Mammoth Lakes and 395N past Bridgeport to Rte 108 (Sonora Pass turnoff) was extremely smokey! :puke: Visibility was poor. I've lived in Mammoth for 13 years and this is some of the worst smoke I've ever seen. We wanted to go for a hike and we thought we could get out of the smoke by going north. We were surprised that the conditions weren't much better than Mammoth. Was wondering how conditions are in the Whitney Zone?
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Re: 2013 Fire & Smoke Reports

Postby maverick » Sun Jul 28, 2013 6:29 pm

Hi Alpenglow,

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Re: 2013 Fire & Smoke Reports

Postby tim » Mon Jul 29, 2013 7:07 am

Current weather forecast suggests SW winds will continue to feed smoke up the San Joaquin canyon to the Mammoth area for the next several days:

AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RENO NV
618 AM PDT MON JUL 29 2013

SHORT TERM...
SMOKE FROM THE ASPEN FIRE IN FRESNO COUNTY HAS WORSENED VISIBILITY
AND AIR QUALITY AROUND MAMMOTH LAKES AGAIN TONIGHT BASED ON WEB
CAMERA IMAGES AND SPOTTER REPORTS. KMMH DROPPED TO 5 SM AND HAS
REPORTED CEILINGS AROUND 3000-3500 FT AGL DUE TO THIS SMOKE. THIS
FIRE IS LIKELY TO BURN ACTIVELY AGAIN TODAY AND POSSIBLY FOR A
FEW MORE DAYS, WITH SOUTHWEST FLOW ALOFT CONTINUING TO SEND SMOKE
OVER SIMILAR LOCATIONS. WILL CARRY MENTION OF SMOKE SOUTH OF MONO
LAKE INTO TUESDAY NIGHT FOR NOW.
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Fire & Smoke Reports-Chain Lakes

Postby BakoGal » Mon Jul 29, 2013 8:45 am

Visited Chain Lakes July 27-28. Smoke in the afternoon was tolerable.....
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But overnight the smoke became BAD and continued to be miserable well after sunrise....
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Re: 2013 Fire & Smoke Reports

Postby no2haven » Mon Jul 29, 2013 11:36 am

Smoke was noticeably worse in the Lewis creek canyon in SE Yosemite than on the Tuolumne side Sunday the 28th. Couldn't see the Clark range at all from Lake Bernice/Vogelsang, and it smelled noticeably smokey.

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Re: 2013 Fire & Smoke Reports

Postby maverick » Mon Jul 29, 2013 3:18 pm

It seem like there are a lot more active fires than was thought, 10 in Kings Canyon
alone though small in sizes. Click on "Map Legend" tab and zoom in to see what areas
along the Sierra Nevada are effected.
http://sierrafire.cr.usgs.gov/ :(
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Re: 2013 Fire & Smoke Reports

Postby wildhiker » Mon Jul 29, 2013 3:21 pm

Another good resource for viewing the smoke distribution from this or any other fire is the NOAA SSD satellite smoke analysis at:
http://www.firedetect.noaa.gov/viewer.htm
Use the controls on the left side to zoom in and then click the layers you want on the right. Dense smoke is purple-brown, moderately dense is yellow, and thin smoke is green.

Wildfire smoke is just about the worst thing for a backpacking trip, in my opinion. Sort of the opposite of what we go there for - to get away from civilization and pollution. We were planning a backpack in southeastern Yosemite next week, but are going to head further north instead because of this Aspen Fire.

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Re: 2013 Fire & Smoke Reports

Postby TehipiteTom » Mon Jul 29, 2013 4:14 pm

wildhiker wrote:Another good resource for viewing the smoke distribution from this or any other fire is the NOAA SSD satellite smoke analysis at:
http://www.firedetect.noaa.gov/viewer.htm
Use the controls on the left side to zoom in and then click the layers you want on the right. Dense smoke is purple-brown, moderately dense is yellow, and thin smoke is green.

Wildfire smoke is just about the worst thing for a backpacking trip, in my opinion. Sort of the opposite of what we go there for - to get away from civilization and pollution. We were planning a backpack in southeastern Yosemite next week, but are going to head further north instead because of this Aspen Fire.

-Phil

Interesting, thanks for the link. Based on that map, looks like it's currently missing SeKi (but who knows how the wind may shift).
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Re: 2013 Fire & Smoke Reports

Postby rlown » Mon Jul 29, 2013 5:45 pm

It might not matter how the wind shifts anymore. I noticed an orange glow sunset last night out my West facing kitchen window in petaluma. Come to find out it's the smoke from the Medford, OR fires is making it's way down the left coast. Totally obscured Mt St Helena which is only 20 miles away. Just gives my ankle more time to heal before i try and put it in a boot.

East side webcams look messy as well.
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Re: 2013 Fire & Smoke Reports

Postby The hermit » Mon Jul 29, 2013 5:53 pm

Camped at iceland lake in emigrant.Woke up to thick smoke sun. morning. Thankfully the smoke cleared by mid morning. The hike out was hard enough in the fresh air. I cant imagine breathing smoke all day.
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Re: 2013 Fire & Smoke Reports

Postby AlmostThere » Mon Jul 29, 2013 8:53 pm

TehipiteTom wrote:
wildhiker wrote:Another good resource for viewing the smoke distribution from this or any other fire is the NOAA SSD satellite smoke analysis at:
http://www.firedetect.noaa.gov/viewer.htm
Use the controls on the left side to zoom in and then click the layers you want on the right. Dense smoke is purple-brown, moderately dense is yellow, and thin smoke is green.

Wildfire smoke is just about the worst thing for a backpacking trip, in my opinion. Sort of the opposite of what we go there for - to get away from civilization and pollution. We were planning a backpack in southeastern Yosemite next week, but are going to head further north instead because of this Aspen Fire.

-Phil

Interesting, thanks for the link. Based on that map, looks like it's currently missing SeKi (but who knows how the wind may shift).


Then there's smoke from another fire in SEKI....
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