The fire crews have disappeared with the smoke. The sun is coming from a much sharper southerly angle now, and days are shorter, it is starting to feel like fall. The fire will be 100% contained by September 1, and our little hamlet of Glendale is safe.
Below,flowers, BLUE sky and clouds. What a pleasure!
We got a touch of rain today, just .15" but it is most welcome. The Douglas Complex is 86% contained, and they are beginning to send fire crews home. They have dismissed the National Guard also, and all evacuations are cancelled. This is GREAT! The firefighter tent city at the high school is being disbanded, and will be gone entirely in a few days. The kids will have their football field back just in time for school!
Patrols will continue on the fire perimeter for a while longer.
Today we went to Grants Pass (about 30 miles way) and the smoke there was very thick and toxic smelling. It made our semi-clear air seem delightful! There are wildfires all over this region. Below: sky at dusk with weather station.
Today we have clear blue sky. It may not last, but for now it is 84 degrees and clear, absolutely perfect! A west wind has come up though, which will bring smoke. When it is pretty and clear, it is easy to forget there is still a raging forest fire two miles away. Fire is 72% contained now, per Inciweb. So far, the fire is burning 46,932 acres.
The new Davis weather station is up and running. The wonderful company overnighted it to me when they realized they hadn't sent it yet. My goodness, that had to be expensive! In New Jersey yesterday, here in Oregon before noon today! I appreciate it, love having a weather station again, especially with the proximity of fires. We need it here! Smoke today was heavy through the afternoon, west winds bringing it to us.
Looks like a Star Trek shuttle craft has landed on our pole!
Today we got 0.16" of rain, not much, but it should help with the nearby fires, lowering the temperature and raising the humidity. It sure makes the air nicer, no smoke in our yard for now! I am glad that I have the manual rain gauge, I am waiting for my new weather station to arrive, but meantime, I can still accurately measure precipitation!
Below: the frog pond yesterday, almost totally dry.
Few drops of rain barely wet the rocks.
Today after rain, much better!
Dragonflies will appreciate this.
5:30 p.m.: That big cloud column is still booming,
off to our north.
Note the pink tinged sky around this monster cloud.
Weather station has a mind of its own, temperature sensor has it down again. Oregon Scientific sent a new one already, will install tomorrow. Fire today created lots of morning smoke and then in the afternoon the winds cleared it away. They say 15% contained now. Only one picture today, at dusk.
The winds have shifted away from us for now and it is a relief to see the sun. The fire that worries me most is the small fire directly on the other side of the hill from us. It is so so close! The complex is 9% contained today.