California defiles Nevada

Lightning ignitions from a massive thunderstorm track in California this weekend started a total of 842 wildfires. Though most are small, there is considerable smoke in the air over Reno, forcing us to close up the house and keeping Trent from his bike race training. He woke up, smelled the air, looked outside, and shouted "I blame California for this abomination."

You can see the current fires in this cropped image above (USDA Forest Service Remote Sensing Applications Center, in cooperation with NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, The University of Maryland, NIFC and USDA FS Missoula Fire Science Laboratory). Yellow is fires since Jan 2008, red and orange are fires active in the last 12 and 24 hours, respectively.

Here's a couple of photos to show you how bad the air quality is in Reno right now, including good and bad views of downtown Reno from the up the hill at work.

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