Today we had very poor air quality because of fires burning north of the Bay Area.
As I left home this morning I was tempted to just turn around and shelter in place all day as I saw the smoky air ahead. However, I had many things I needed to get done at the office.
I could smell the smoke in the air as I loaded up my car for the drive home. I made sure that I turned the air on in my car to keep the smoke out.
This picture did not turn out very good, but actually gives you a feel for what it was like. The picture is out of focus as my camera is focusing on my dirty windshield. I was stopped at the stoplight for this picture. In the distance you should clearly see a line of hills. If you look closely, they are there but the air was so full of smoke they were hard to see.
I made sure that I left work early so that I wouldn’t have to spend a lot of time sitting in traffic. However, there was a truck stopped on the Altamont that blocked a lane so it was still slow going.
Later in the evening I went for a walk since I couldn’t smell any smoke. However, I have all my windows shut as the air quality is variable as winds shift with the temperature changes. I will just have to sleep with the windows closed tonight.
I am hoping that the air is better tomorrow as I have a few outdoor things that I need to get done.
Keep the people involved with the fires in your prayers. I heard some people talking about a town north of the Bay Area that had been completely destroyed by the fires.