It’s huge and it’s scary. Several days ago, I thought the air above the eastern hills (far from here) looked slightly grungy — that’s what I look for in fire season. Briefly afterwards I heard about the Yosemite fire. I thought that might be causing the grungy air, but since then, I’ve realized that there are other fires burning west of Yosemite which might have that effect. In any case, the air quality here on the coast hasn’t been bad. Looking at the overhead view photographs of the fire, I can see why: the winds are blowing the smoke strongly to the northeast, and cities like Reno and Carson City are probably getting the brunt of the fire smog.
Mother Jones magazine just published a very interesting article: “9 Scary Facts About the Yosemite Fire.” Check it out.Explained in 90 Seconds: How Climate Change Fuels Wildfires