Monday, July 29, 2013

Another Smoky Wildfire Season

I thought 2012 was a scary year of smoke and flames, but 2013 is shaping up to be even worse.  A very mild and dry spring turned into a hot and even drier summer, and a freak lightning storm last week started something on the order of 50+ wildfires throughout southern Oregon.  Several of these fires have coalesced into larger fires, and in any event, the smoke is HORRIBLE.  Today is definitely the smokiest day yet - even walking outside for a moment has me coughing.  We've kept the windows closed and the air conditioning on to try and filter the air, but I feel so bad for the livestock...  As always, we are SO incredibly thankful for the brave men and women out there helping to fight all of these fires.

Just to give you an idea of the amount of smoke, there's supposed to be a mountain out there...

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