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It’s been a very slow wildfire season here in Saskatchewan, they are at about 1/3 of the 5 year average. It’s been a cooler and rainier summer than normal. Not having any tourists and also reduced local wilderness use due to Covid-19 has helped. 
 

California otoh is having big trouble. 

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We had way less, in BC, this summer. 

Now, it's burning in Washington and all the smoke came here. This morning I can't see a hill that's not even 2km from my house. 

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First day in a while that I haven't woken up with an irritated throat from the smoke, the sky is not tinted orange, and it's not "ashing".  Such a sad summer

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Im in Puyallup WA, Smoke is very bad. Witnessed two of the arson fires and actually saw a woman trying to light one in a strip mall near my jobsite. Sad state of affairs.... on a side note. Just bought 3.1 acres near Blackhawk... may be building a generator operated rope tow on my property for socially distant snowboarding this winter

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Still fortunate to be hunkering down in Big Sky.  This year I bought an Air Conditioner in preparation for smoke.  We've had about 5 days earlier with smoke, and expecting more.  Big Sky and Yellowstone good so far, but it's coming.

Looked at home in Tacoma, not good, AQI around 250.  After 2017 and Canadian Fires, bought and installed a Mini-Split so if I was caught again I'd be comfortable.  35 years in Tacoma and never needed Air Conditioning until 2017 and now this year.

Portland Oregon's Air Quality Index is 491.  There's going to be serious repercussions on the people there.  In Montana after the fires in 2017 the Flu rates were 4 times regular.  This does not bode well for Covid.

Hoping things stay in the Moderate Range in Big Sky, but not counting on it.  Will have to stop all outdoor activities once it goes above 75 or so.  Higher temps and low humidity have all of us on edge. 

With the amount of dead and deadfall lodge pole pines it would be hard to control.  Spent the day hiking on the upper mountain yesterday.  More than half the trees are dead or down. 

After hearing about the spread of the fires and how fast they're spreading, it's best to have a go-bag, keep a full gas tank,and bail if there's fires within 20 miles and that's out of control.  Here at Big Sky there's one open road out, and one gated bad road the other direction.  Can be a very tough situation.  

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howdy

watch this during the day... the smoke is up and down the west coast... you can see

where the fires are and where the smoke is going... can't see my mountain...

it got smoky here about 4pm yesterday and should get more with the high pressure...

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5 hours ago, b0ardski said:

visibility at my place was as bad as 100 yards

 

Wow!  I'm 2000 miles east and they claim the particulates can be detected at higher strata here.  I wish everyone out west the very best and safest outcome possible from this.....

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Can confirm Portland was miserable for over a week. My house is 100+ years old, so on the leaky side - I sealed everything I could with masking tape, put a drop cloth over the fireplace, etc., then used a box fan+furnace filter air purifier. Once that was done it was OK inside, but we spent a week only going outside for dog walks and only when wearing a respirator (bought for DIY projects, came in very handy). We've had some smoke in town before, but never anything this bad; I hope this is not becoming a regular occurrence.

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During the summer I live in a 100 year old mountain lodge in the Medicine Bow National Forest, now threatened by the Mullen Fire.  Forest has been closed and we've been under pre-evacuation order for the last several days.  The fire has spread rapidly in extremely rugged terrain, with dense vegetation and beetle-killed deadfall.

Thursday/Friday wind event will likely determine whether topography/weather will bring the fire here or to the south.

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Yosemite, Sequoia and the National forests here (Including INYO NF which is the entire Eastern Sierra) are still closed.  Early in fires I thought I'd wait until the smoke got better to get out...bad idea.  I've been waiting for weeks to get out climbing.  

A Sierra backpack was a great way to get away from social distancing and stuff.  Now that's not an option.

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