It is summer with a vengeance, and the first nearby wildfire is here

Morning sky
Red sky in morning… No, that's the wrong proverb!

| After a blissfully moderate spring, June temperatures have gone, practically overnight, from "below average" to "above average." And the wildfires have started, too.

When I went outside this morning the skies to the north were unusually dark and tinged with red. Since it was dawn, my natural assumption was that the sun was just painting a pretty picture on the clouds.

Wrong! Turns out there is a wildfire that started late yesterday afternoon in the San Bernardino mountains, and it has spread quickly, currently covering 7,500 acres and only 5% contained.

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Dubbed the "Lake Fire," it is in remote areas of the mountains to the west of me

The fire is actually not all that close (yet!) but it filled the air with dark smoke. This morning the sky overhead was clear and the darkness was all to the north. Not so this evening: overhead is just as dark and the smell of fire is in the air.

evening sky
The evening sky — not a pretty picture

And as if that isn't bad enough, there is another another "vegetation fire" down in Thermal, at the other end of the Coachella Valley. It's gonna be a long summer.

Last updated on Apr 29, 2016

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