Where There’s Smoke

This challenge is for those photos you take that don’t really fit into any common category.
—Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge

That odd ball in the sky was the sun yesterday morning just before 8 am. Fires have broken out across Northern California and the Pawnee fire in Lake County sent a huge cloud of smoke and ash over the Bay Area on Saturday afternoon.

Over 2,000 firefighters are trying to get that fire under control as another 1,200 firefighters are battling an even bigger fire in Yolo County just north of Sacramento this morning.

It’s fire season in the Golden State and we owe a huge debt of gratitude to the men and women who are putting their lives on the line to protect the rest of us from the Red Wind.

Go to Cal Fire for more information.


  17 comments for “Where There’s Smoke

  1. July 3, 2018 at 12:11 PM

    Good reminder. And a very creative and well done photo.

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  2. July 3, 2018 at 10:34 AM

    Yes, the season brings the expected and unexpected. Wish that we could wish away the fires.

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  3. July 2, 2018 at 6:51 PM

    Fires make for gorgeous sunrise/sets, but so not worth it in the long run. Stay safe Allan. 😀

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  4. Mike Cornelius
    July 2, 2018 at 6:26 PM

    A very timely safety reminder and good thoughts for the firefighters, as well as an incredible photo Allan. The foreground could be entirely healthy blades of grass in your back yard, or dead trunks that are the sole remains of a burned out forest. Very well done.


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    • July 3, 2018 at 7:06 AM

      Thanks, Mike. I actually photographed the sky through a thicket of reeds in a parking lot.


  5. July 2, 2018 at 6:09 PM

    It’s a beautiful photo, but when you learn the reason it all become very sad. Hopefully the firefighters will get the fire under control.

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    • July 3, 2018 at 7:05 AM

      Thanks, Otto. The fire near Sacramento has spread to 70,000 acres and is only 5% contained as of this morning. Our air forecast warning is “moderate” today—people with sensitive respiratory issues are encouraged to avoid prolonged exposure/exertion outdoors. Our temps this morning are cooler, so maybe that will help.
      Thanks for your comments,

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  6. July 2, 2018 at 5:27 PM

    So very sad. It’s been a horrific year for fires across CA. Here in the east it’s just incredible heat for early July. Hoping things improve soon on both coasts

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  7. July 2, 2018 at 5:07 PM

    The scary season is here. Hoping the firefighters stay safe.

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  8. July 2, 2018 at 4:15 PM

    Stay safe, Allan. Nature can be beautiful and temperamental all at once. The people volunteering to fight these fires are true heroes; their actions deserve the highest praise.

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    • July 2, 2018 at 5:00 PM

      They certainly do deserve our respect and gratitude. Smokey skies and ash are a paltry price to pay compared to the folks who are losing everything. It’s time to dig deep and help however we can. That includes getting our own properties firesafe.

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