Our smoky air is not nearly as dangerous and destructive as the fire that roared through Paradise (and continues to rage), but it is harmful enough that schools have been closed, outdoor events cancelled, and residents warned to stay indoors. That’s been going on for eight days.
By the time I headed out today, the Air Quality Index had improved to 88, putting it in the “moderate” zone (51-100) for the first time in more than a week. By the time I returned, the AQI had deteriorated to 147, making it “unhealthy for sensitive groups” (101-150.) Later in the day it worsened to 155, meaning “unhealthy.”
I intended to make my usual run out the Greenway and back just to stretch my legs. But, with my eyes and throat feeling the smoke, I changed my mind and ended up swinging through downtown and shortening the ride. That enabled me to snap some photos of local outdoor art for the Challenge of the Month. I’ve already photographed most of these on various other rides, but they’re all worth another shot.