Smoke on the water

After my ace support crew and I spent a few days hiking in the Sierra—where we encountered some smoky skies from the Yosemite fire—we arrived home yesterday evening only to discover smoke blowing and ash falling over Santa Rosa. This from Mendocino County fires, smaller but nearer than the big fire burning around Redding. The entire state seems to be ablaze.

After a few days with trekking poles and backpack, I wanted to hop on the Ogre today. With so much smoke in the air, deep breathing didn’t seem like a great idea. That meant I needed a very short, tame route. I considered taking my usual cruise out the Greenway, which is flat and easy. However, it was closed today because of the Ironman Triathlon. Consequently, I pedaled slowly around Spring Lake, shot a few hazy photos, and tried to hold my breath the whole way.

The air tasted bitter and scraped my throat raw, reminding me of our October fires. Not a good day to be out on a bike. Definitely not a good day to be participating in a full triathlon.

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7 response to "Smoke on the water"

  1. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: July 29, 2018

    From SFGate website:
    “Ten thousand firefighters are on the front lines battling over a dozen active wildfires that are scorching about 150,000 acres in California, state officials said Saturday.

    California is currently reeling from 14 major wildfires, including a pair in Mendocino County, and up to 50 smaller blazes erupting each day, said Bryan May, a spokesman for the state’s Office of Emergency Services.”

    The smoke seen at Spring Lake from the Mendocino fire has come from around 70 miles away?!

    Incredible!! 🙁

    • By: Bill Stone Posted: July 29, 2018

      Wind shifted this afternoon and sky cleared. Then new fire erupted in Napa County. Now we have a steady stream of air tankers flying over our house en route from SR airport to help fight that blaze. California isn’t the only place that’s burning, and it’s only July, so we haven’t even reached the peak of fire season. The stats about fires, acreage, and firefighters not likely to improve any time soon.

  2. By: The Navigator Posted: July 29, 2018

    The guys suggest a float on Spring Lake would not be too taxing, might even be relaxing….

    My poor Mom has been trying to grow various flowers and herbs in Colorado this year in the incredible heat and dryness. She hasn’t had much luck. They got some precipitation last week… in the form of hail… which knocked off what flowers her plants did have. It is certainly not a good year out West for growing things or trying to tour in national forest areas! Stay safe, Bill.

  3. By: gregblood Posted: July 30, 2018

    The Feeshko (MY version of an Ace Support Crew) and I have been in Washington state for the past ten days. What’s up with all these fires? We saw the flames of a relatively small forest fire within the city limits of Spokane, and then the next day we drove to Seattle to visit our son and we just barely beat a raging brush fire that closed Interstate 90 above the Columbia River. It kinda makes me homesick for the flooding we escaped in Minnesota.

    • By: Bill Stone Posted: July 30, 2018

      Greg wrote “What’s up with all these fires?”

      That was probably a rhetorical question, but — at risk of causing a ruckus — here’s what I would say. To those who think climate change is a hoax, think again. To those who think the increasing number of out-of-control wildfires is ordinary, think again. To those who think it won’t get any worse, think again.

      Just my two cents.

      • By: gregblood Posted: July 30, 2018

        Yes, it was kind of rhetorical. Just two days ago, at a gathering of The Feeshkos family, I asked the exact same question–“What’s up with all these fires out here?–and my brother-in-law and I had a discussion in which we agreed with everything you just wrote. Then my father-in-law spoke up. He’s one of those 40% who deny what 97% of climate scientists are saying. Well, I just ate my hamburger and resisted the urge to get into ANOTHER political argument with him.

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