After my meditation early this afternoon, I noticed a big plume of clouds to the east-southeast. The entire north state is under a red flag warning due to high winds, low humidity, and dry brush, so I was alert. The devastating Camp Fire in 2018 also came from the east.
The wind was relatively strong, about five mph, gusting to fourteen. I sent up the UAV (first photo), but received a high wind warning from the unit, so landed immediately and took the remaining pictures with my Nikon. The sequence is from about two o’clock in the afternoon, until seven this evening. The fire is roughly 24 miles away, a safe enough distance.
Despite this fire, and others, clear wind came from the north today, a welcome relief. Our air quality has improved from a particulate index of 156 (unhealthy) this morning to 32 (good) currently. We are now on back-up power for safety, and should be back on the grid tomorrow evening. Here are eight photographs from today: