Yesterday I traveled over to Lassen Volcanic National Park, about an hour east of where I was staying in Redding, California. I entered the Park through the northwest entrance and left via the southwest entrance. I am planning to go back up to the Park today (I am now staying in Quincy, CA, south of the Park) but as I check the InciWeb Wildfire website I see that the L1 Spring Fire was reported yesterday afternoon around 230, close to the south entrance. It was initially reported as only 12 acres and there isn’t an update yet this morning (I am posting this at 550am local time). Hopefully I can still get in the south entrance and I was already planning to get back to Quincy via an eastern route and not the way I came down here yesterday.
At Yosemite National Park the Ferguson Fire in still causing big problems. A firefighter lost his life last weekend when the bulldozer he was operating overturned, crushing him underneath. He was an experienced operator, clearing brush to create a “fire break” line. That fire has been particularly stubborn as it is in a difficult to reach area and retardant dropped from aircraft is ineffective because the tree canopy prevents it from reaching the ground. Visibility at Yosemite is not good, nor is the air quality, as the smoke it pretty much staying in the area. Weather forecasts for the area are not favorable for improvement.
When I leave Quincy tomorrow morning I’ll he heading north on a series of scenic roads and crossing the state line into Oregon, staying in Klamath Falls over the weekend (I had my tires rotated there last year one of the days I visited Crater Lake). I have been keeping an eye on the Klamathon Fire but, while substantial in size, it is located well west of the town I’ll be staying in. It remains to be seen what effect that fire will have on the areas I plan to visit while up there.
About a week and a half ago I stayed in Ukiah and there had been a fire close to there but I saw absolutely no indication of it and didn’t notice haze or any smoke odor. I am keeping track of a few small fires in Oregon, where I’m headed next weekend after wrapping up my time in California.
And I heard last night that Scenic Route 1 south of Monterey has now reopened after last year’s devastating landslide. Because of favorable conditions this Spring they were able to complete the road reconstruction ahead of schedule.
I am reviewing photos from Lassen Volcanic National Monument now and plan to post them before I leave for the Park later this morning.