Fire season is upon us. The Bison Fire was set off east of Gardnerville by lightning on Thursday, and in three days it has made its way north along the Pinenuts. No houses are threatened yet, but it has grown to 10,000 acres and eludes containment.
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Sunday, July 7, 2013
Friday, July 24, 2009
With the exceptions of some intense grassland fires up north of Reno, we’ve had a pretty calm fire season so far. But today the passing thunderstorms seem to have set off two fires simultaneously, both in the vicinity of the Smith Valley, to the east of us.
The Pine Nut fire is burning on the slopes of Mineral Peak, which is almost directly east of Johnson Lane. And the Boulder fire is close to Wilson Canyon, which is the canyon you pass through when you drive between Wellington and Yerington. Firefighters are on the scene of both fires, which at last report were both under 100 acres, and I’ve seen a couple of fire bombers in the air on their way to the scene. So hopefully these fires will get knocked down before they manage to grow very much bigger.
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Once again the smoke is settling in our valleys. This picture is from yesterday morning, when the smoke was at its thickest, but as the morning wore on the winds pushed everything out to the desert and we had blue skies again. Well, the smoke’s back today and this time there’s very little wind to get rid of it.
According to the Nevada Appeal, the smoke is coming from the Moonlight Fire in the Lassen National Forest. That fire’s only 5% contained, so if the air currents stay the way they are now the smoke might be with us for a while.
Saturday, August 25, 2007
It’s another smoky, smoky day here in the Carson area. And it’s particularly nasty today, with the thick smoke settling down in the valleys and around the mountains, making it difficult to see very far. I’m not completely sure where it’s coming from, but I’m guessing it’s all from the Zaca Fire in the mountains northwest of L.A. Yes, it’s hundreds of miles from here, but it’s an absolutely huge fire, 238,000 acres at last count. And depending on how the wind currents are flowing, that smoke could easily be brought up our way.
So, the best we can do is hope for another shift in the winds that blows all this stuff out of here. It’s not good for anybody for it to be this smoky.
Friday, June 29, 2007
It’s pretty sad that the national media has cocked up the Angora Fire story so badly that people are now afraid to come to Lake Tahoe, and are canceling the Fourth of July reservations they had made. Fox News in particular, I guess, is spreading the word that the whole Tahoe Basin is in flames, and the hotels are at risk, and the multi-million-dollar mansions in Incline Village have fire licking at their doorstops. It’s gotten so bad that Arnold Schwarenegger has had to come out and do public relations for the Lake, even going so far as straight-out saying “Right now it is safe to come to Lake Tahoe.” Direct quote. “Safe.”
So, if you feel like being safe next week, make sure to head up to Tahoe for the Fourth of July. The beaches do get kind of crowded, but if you get there early in the morning you can stake out a good spot. And the fireworks up there are some of the best you’ll find in the area. I won’t be there, because I’ll be chewing on ice and recovering from my tonsil surgery. But all of you go and have fun.
And be safe! The governator said so!