I have been keeping an eye on wildfire activity and there is still no immediate threat to my journey. In two days I am heading up to the northern end of the Olympic Peninsula and will spend some time there visiting Olympic National Park. There is a fire there in the southeast part of the Park, but the roads I will be on are in the extreme northern part so while there may be some visibility and air quality issues, I don’t expect any problems.
Tuesday, when I was away from the water, the visibility in southwest Washington was noticeably worse than it was the day before. There are two fires east of Portland, near the Columbia River and I thought maybe it was coming up from there (they are not very far away from where I am) but a couple visiting the area told me yesterday that they saw on the TV news that this smoke is coming down from Canada, as it did when I visited Oregon last year.
The Carr Fire near Redding California is now at 211,038 acres but is growing very slowly and the city appears to be out of danger. The Mendocino Complex, down near Ukiah, CA where I spent a few nights, is still growing and is now the largest fire in California history. Largely rural, there haven’t been nearly as many homes lost as there were with the Carr Fire.
And Yosemite has reopened to visitors. I looked at their webcams yesterday and while still not ideal, visibility is much better than when that fire first started.
Looking forward, there is a fire in Glacier National Park in northwest Montana but while I will be passing by near there I don’t think it will affect me. There are lots of smaller fires in northern Idaho and western Montana and while I won’t be there until early September I will continue to keep an eye on things.