Fire Danger Extreme

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Photo: H. Buck

We have been dealing with hazy skies and the smell  of smoke in our area due to several large fires.
The fire closest to us in in Yuba County, where over six miles of land have burned (and as of today is only 15 % contained). This fire, which ignited Friday about 35 miles northwest of Auburn near Dobbins, was started by burning feathers from a red-tailed hawk that flew into a power line! The initial blaze sent a huge smoke plume up  into the sky that was visible from Auburn (some of our team members saw it: looked like a mushroom cloud!)
This graphic shows the fires currently burning around California:

All the smoke in the air from these fires creates unhealthy air. Our local paper (Auburn Journal) had a great article about this
Fire smoke can make air unfit for some
August 18, 2009
By Gus Thomson Journal Staff Writer, Auburn Journal

 
Hazy skies and the smell of smoke were two signs in Auburn on Monday of fire in the region.
The nearest blaze was in Yuba County, where more than five square miles had gone up in smoke. The biggest was in Santa Cruz County, where 11 square miles had burned.
Smoke pumped out into the atmosphere hadn’t reached unhealthy levels Monday at monitoring stations the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District operates in Roseville and Grass Valley.
Both stations had readings of less than 100 early Monday afternoon. The 100 level is the threshold for people sensitive to fine particulate matter pollution to avoid prolonged or heavy exertion. Grass Valley had an 84 reading while Roseville was at 58.
But Christina Ragsdale, spokesperson for the air quality district, said that the low numbers don’t preclude higher pollution levels in areas where the smoke can settle and stay.
“If you see and smell it, you shouldn’t ignore it,” Ragsdale said. “The difficulty with particulate matter is that all you need is a fire and a wind change. Things can change with one new fire.”
The Yuba County fire, which ignited Friday about 35 miles northwest of Auburn near Dobbins, was started by burning feathers from a red-tailed hawk that flew into a power line. The ensuing blaze sent a smoke plume into the sky that was visible from Auburn.
And when driving a car through smoky areas, windows and air vents should be closed. Arnold said vehicle air conditioning should only be operated in the recirculate setting.


Graphic/Gus Thomson
This graph shows fine-particulate pollution levels Monday at two locations near Auburn. A 100 level or greater brings air into the unhealthy range for pollution-sensitive residents.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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