Today I am combining two of my favorite blogging events into one post.
If we were having coffee today, we would be sitting indoors, because it is hot outside, and because it is smoky from a huge wildfire in the Sierra Nevada foothills.
In this photo, you can see how the smoke from the distant, massive fire over 70 miles away obscures the sun and casts an eerie, orange glow in the sky and onto the ground.
On Friday, California Governor Brown issued a state of emergency and the town of San Andreas in Calaveras County was evacuated. The so-called Butte Fire is threatening 6,000 homes, has burned over 50,000 acres in less than 48 hours and remains 10 percent contained, according to Cal Fire.
But hot temperatures, steep terrain and extremely dry brush and trees are contributing to “unprecedented fire conditions and growth,” Cal Fire officials said.
The residents in the nearby foothill towns of Jackson and Sutter Creek will likely suffer due to the smoke and overall heat. Only about 90 minutes drive east from Sacramento, these towns boast a healthy tourist industry with Bed & Breakfasts, quaint shops, restaurants and nearby casino.
Sadly, some the beautiful, natural recreational areas are burning. As small communities still struggle from the Great Recession, wildfires like this will severely hamper their economies that rely on tourists and outdoor enthusiasts.
The smoke plume soaring to 35,000 feet could be seen from satellite images.
Another photo shows how the smoke mixes with morning clouds to filter the sun which casts that gloomy, orange glow.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that we endured another extraordinarily hot week, with record-breaking temperatures in the low 100’s. I would tell you that I am sick of this oppressive heat. It is been a long time since we hit 105 degrees in September. Fall seems like a long ways off.