Here in our corner of North Idaho we're very fortunate not to have any fires raging nearby, but a glance out the window reminds us that others are not so fortunate.
The Tower Fire is raging just over the line in Washington, while another blaze is still burning near Bonners Ferry. Its been a long, hot, dry summer and the weather forecast offers no relief. Worse, the winds have been heavy, fanning the flames.
Today's reports say that because the winds have calmed the fires are easier to control - but that means more smoke, which means the airplanes and helicopters have no visibility so can't assist.
The view down the valley from our house changes daily.
Here's what it looks like on a clear day:
And yesterday: It was difficult to see the mountains through the smoke.
The mountains have disappeared into the smoke.
Our air quality here is pretty stinky - I can't imagine how bad it must be to the west.
Meanwhile, I need to get out camera instructions and a tripod to take a picture of that red sun. It sure does turn the light orange around here!