The Holy Fire has been moving away from us since it began, though we must remain watchful. This fire is the result of arson. The arsonist was on involuntary psychiatric hold about two weeks ago and reportedly has a long history of mental illness. We as a country have chosen to be stingy when it comes to funding mental health care--how much will this fire cost?
University of Nevada School of Earth Sciences and Engineering
Camera on Santiago Peak. Note the pink fire retardant on the foliage near the antenna arrays:
The fire began in Holy Jim, a deep, narrow canyon, burning out the nearly vertical sides of the canyon quickly. It has spread to other canyons. The fire fighters laid down retardant at the tops of the canyons but the heat is so high, the fuel so plentiful, the firefighters stretched so thin, and the terrain so difficult, it has raged on downhill.
Thursday the wind moved the smoke over us. Strangely, there is no perceivable smoke odor. The air is so hot, smoke is staying above us, drifting westward. Though there is no smoke odor, there is a high level of particulate matter--bad for lungs.
The smoke has been thick enough to drop the temperature from 92F to 85F. The light is a weird orange.
Making orange more orange
That's the sun:
Some plants have their own fire, despite the terrible heat.
Tecoma 'Bells of Fire'
Grevillea 'Kings Fire'