Rim Fire From Above

The Yosemite Rim Fire still blazes on – 2 1/2 weeks from when it started.  It has burned nearly 370 square miles, is the 4th largest wildfire in California history, and is now about 80% contained.  Its smoke continues to find its way into the Truckee Meadows, resulting terrible air quality for the Reno/Tahoe vicinity.

On my way to Canada last Thursday, we flew over the fire and got an incredible view….

Here you can see plumes of dirty smoke rising from the mountains below.

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This picture explains why our skies are so hazy, and our views are so obstructed.

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Being out-of-town for 5 days, I had nearly forgotten about how bad it was.  Now that I’m back, I’m quickly reminded.  And while it is pretty uncomfortable for us in Northern Nevada, it’s much worse for the people who have lost their homes, the animals who have been driven out of their habitat or have died, and the giant, old sequoias that have been lost.

Hopefully this thing is fully contained soon.

Rebecca Knabe

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