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Re: Wild Fires: 2020 Edition

Posted: Thu Sep 17, 2020 1:56 am
by hitbyambulance
was able to open the window for a couple hours today (with the air purifier unit running and the sun still up) and it was actually not too bad. the PM2.5 ratings juuuuust hit the AQI border of "Unhealthy for sensitive groups" before bouncing back up into "Unhealthy". weather tomorrow is going to be meh, but everyone here is banking on Friday

Re: Wild Fires: 2020 Edition

Posted: Thu Sep 17, 2020 2:00 am
by Scuzz
Our air was better today.We are going to the central coast for a few days and thankfully the air quality there was listed as much better today. I would hate to spend three days locked up in the trailer.

Re: Wild Fires: 2020 Edition

Posted: Thu Sep 17, 2020 10:16 am
by Exodor
Exodor wrote: Wed Sep 16, 2020 10:48 pm
Latest guess for clearing is Friday when rain is supposed to arrive.
Now they're saying we may get rain in the form of thunderstorms. Hopefully the rain puts out more fires than the lightning starts.

Re: Wild Fires: 2020 Edition

Posted: Thu Sep 17, 2020 10:31 am
by Blackhawk
Exodor wrote: Thu Sep 17, 2020 10:16 am Hopefully the rain puts out more fires than the lightning starts.
You have managed to summarize 2020 quite nicely.

Re: Wild Fires: 2020 Edition

Posted: Fri Sep 18, 2020 2:05 pm
by gameoverman
The Bobcat fire has grown quite a bit. It's heading north across the mountains to the Antelope Valley area. I'm southeast of it, so that doesn't sound threatening. But I wouldn't have thought it was going to threaten Antelope Valley either. I'm not worried really, but this being 2020 and all...if it starts to move east I'm leaving the country. I know no one wants Americans to go to their country so I'll have to commandeer a boat and just hit the high seas.

Re: Wild Fires: 2020 Edition

Posted: Fri Sep 18, 2020 2:35 pm
by Lorini
You are actually closer to the eastern part of the fire and I'm closer on the western part, although Santa Clarita hasn't been given an evacuation warning. It seems to be following the path of the Stanton fire which fortunately didn't damage much property while burning over 200K acres. The Stanton fire grew to as large as it did because the Forest Service decided to 'save money' by not putting helicopters on the wildfire when it was small. That fire cost me (living in Pasadena right on top of it) a ton of money as I had to run the a/c on recirc nearly constantly so we could go to bed and expect to wake up in the morning. Don't know what caused the Bobcat fire but I'm sure they'll do an investigation.

Re: Wild Fires: 2020 Edition

Posted: Fri Sep 18, 2020 4:02 pm
by gameoverman
I use the ac a lot these days because it does seem to help indoors air quality, especially on bad days. The sky is not looking too bad today so maybe things are improving.

Re: Wild Fires: 2020 Edition

Posted: Fri Sep 18, 2020 5:48 pm
by dbt1949
We're getting smoke haze from the western fires here locally.

Re: Wild Fires: 2020 Edition

Posted: Sat Sep 19, 2020 3:10 am
by hitbyambulance
rapid air quality improvement here in the past hour - should be within the 'good' zone in an hour or so.
Once the air quality improves to be “moderate” or “good” the state Department of Health’s air quality program staff suggests:

Windows should be opened for at least 15 minutes.
Clean hard surfaces with plain soap and water, dust with a dry or damp microfiber cloth and try and use a vacuum with a HEPA filter. Vacuuming without one can send dust into the air.
now i have to do housework on top of all that....

Re: Wild Fires: 2020 Edition

Posted: Thu Oct 22, 2020 9:25 am
by LawBeefaroni
East Troublesome Fire.

GRAND COUNTY, Colo. — The East Troublesome Fire, burning in Grand County, burned aggressively overnight and into Thursday and surpassed 125,000 acres. Wednesday afternoon that fire was just about 24,000 acres.

"We never expected 6,000 acres per hour to come upon our community," said Grand County Sheriff Brett Schroetlin.

Re: Wild Fires: 2020 Edition

Posted: Thu Oct 22, 2020 10:05 am
by Zaxxon
Yeah, East Troublesome is looking very not good. RMNP had to reopen Trail Ridge Road to help evacuees get out last night.

2020 was already its own era in Colorado fire history before this one lit, and will now just dominate any future charts. Until 2021, at least.