WOW … that’s pretty bad. We hear and see all this forbidding natural disaster stuff on our television and for most of us it’s just bad news. My heart and prayers go out to you and your family. I will pray that your area gets the winter weather/rain it needs and that the quality of air you need will improve with the fires staying far way from your home. Stay safe …..GwenGwen, we're surrounded by fire, 400,000 acres of contained, but still burning internally Bootleg Fire, the Patton Meadow Complex , both to the east of us, the 600,000 acre Dixe Fire and the 200,000 acre Caldor fire to the south. Much closer to us in the south is the 10,000 acre Antelope Fire. There is a Fire complex to the north around the town of Oakridge, so whichever way the wind blows, we get smoke. However the fires to the south in Ca are the worst contributors. Most fire officials are saying it will take the onset of winter to put it all out. Problem is, there needs to be an actual winter for that to happen.
The Bootleg Fire did provide some serious pyrocummulus formations The clouds in the photos are about 60 miles away. Sometimes as many as 7 of those pyrocumulus formations were visible. Those topped out at airliner height. That week in July was about the last clear days we've had.