Smoke and a blood-red sun

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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:

a smokeless north idaho meadow

And yesterday: It was difficult to see the mountains through the smoke. 

smoky meadow

And today...

very smoky to the West

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!

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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI We're mostly staying inside - with the windows and doors closed. 

Aug 24, 2015 09:42 AM #2
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Chris and Dick Dovorany
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Isn't that sad and one can only assume you are dealing with flying soot and of course the smell of all that is burning.

Aug 24, 2015 10:15 AM #3
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Chris Ann Cleland
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The pictures of what you are all are experiencing as a result of these fires is scary.  Stay inside.

Aug 24, 2015 10:30 AM #4
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Marte- I hope they get the fires under control soon.  Glad to hear you're staying inside!!!

Aug 24, 2015 12:08 PM #5
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These wildfires are of concern Marte Cliff I hate to see such a beautiful area of the country get scorched like that.

Aug 24, 2015 12:39 PM #6
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Marte - I have a friend who lives in Boise, and a sister, who lives in Weiser.  Both have told me of the wildfires in your state.  Coupled with the fires in Washington, Oregon and California, it's an enormous strain on firefighters working for control.

We need rain, lots of rain, and no lightening!

Aug 24, 2015 01:05 PM #7
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Chris and Dick Dovorany Several days ago we had ashes falling here. Not a lot - we wouldn't have noticed except for a couple of black vehicles. The ash dust is pretty obvious on the hoods. 

Chris Ann Cleland Yes, it's a scary time. I don't feel too worried about the current fires spreading here. One is a long way away and the other would have to cross a river to get here. Plus - we keep the area around our house well watered. 

Kathy Streib Yes - some days aren't bad, but when the air feels thick I only go out to feed the horse. 

 

Aug 24, 2015 01:24 PM #8
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Doug Dawes It's sad, but I guess it's nature's way. Of course, a few of these fires are human-caused. How can people be so stupid? Back in '67 the famous Sundance fire, which burned many thousands of acres, happened because the State decided to do a "controlled burn" in August. It wasn't controlled for long!

Myrl Jeffcoat Yes, we hear tell that they're bringing firefighters in from as far away as Australia. We have a friend who is retired Forest Service and he's back at work now, manning the radios. Fires like these require a lot of support staff along with the firefighters. 

 

Aug 24, 2015 01:28 PM #9
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We had major fires in our area here, I think, in 1998. The fire was for exactly one month and ended up with the evacualtion of the county. And for a very long time it was difficult to breathe.

Aug 24, 2015 02:03 PM #10
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Marte, these fires are so unfortuntate. Stay safe! Enjoy your day!

Aug 24, 2015 08:47 PM #11
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Good morning Marte. The fires are really scary. Your pictures make it clear how quickly things can happen.

Aug 25, 2015 12:41 AM #12
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Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL It's not that bad here - but closer to the fires I imagine breathing is hazardous. Some people here have been put on alert that they may have to evacuate, but so far so good. Over in Washington and farther South in Idaho it's a different story - homes have burned.

Wayne Martin Thanks - I'm going to stay inside and get a lot of work done. 

 

Aug 25, 2015 12:59 AM #13
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Sheila Anderson Yes - fire can move swiftly. My Mom used to talk about the big fire that came through in, I think, 1925. It traveled about 40 miles in one day. It missed the ranch where my Mom's family lived, but my Dad's family was burned out. He, his parents, and his brothers and sisters survived by being covered with dirt in the middle of the potato patch while the fire went around them. 

The land here is still dotted with charred stumps from that fire. 

Aug 25, 2015 01:02 AM #14
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Marte Cliff , We're having terrible fires and smoke here in North Central Washington.  I saw the largest blood red sun early yesterday morning on my way to Yakima.  I tried to get a picture, but they never do justice to reality.

Aug 27, 2015 02:16 PM #15
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Carol Williams No, ordinary snapshots don't. I've been after my husband to figure out how to use the "open shutter" function on his camera. I expect using a tripod and a 1 to 3 second exposure would do it. 

Aug 27, 2015 02:36 PM #16
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What are poetic way to introduce such interesting parts of nature! Great photos too! I really like it!

Aug 27, 2015 03:22 PM #17
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I don't think most snapshots in the traditional sense would work well at all in this case and I think you made the right move. I'm speaking in response to Carol Williams

Aug 27, 2015 03:24 PM #18
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Laura Cerrano Thanks. We're really looking forward to some rain to dampen the fires and bring an end to all that smoke in the air. 

Aug 28, 2015 03:41 AM #19
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Marte, your photos really do tell the story.  I hope you all get bunches of rain soon.

Aug 29, 2015 11:47 AM #20
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Patricia Kennedy Today was the worst yet for air quality - it was so awful that my puppy has had 2 accidents in the house simply because we couldn't stay outside long enough. Then came the wind - LOTS of wind for a few hours. By about 4 p.m. the wind had died down and had blown most of the smoke away - what a relief! 

We did get some rain today. I think about 16 drops per square foot. Hopefully tomorrow will bring the real thing. 

And meanwhile... folks on the other side of the country are getting 18 to 22" of rain within 8 hours. I do not envy them. 

Sending good wishes to all our friends in Florida... 

Aug 29, 2015 12:26 PM #21
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