I was climbing at the Needles and Dome Rock this weekend and got a good eyeball of the fire, which increased in size over the weekend. Smoky in the morning but then clear in the afternoon as an inversion layer (or whatever it was; I'm no meteorologist) capped alot of the smoke over the burn area. Really good views of it from the Needles Lookout. Wish I had a picture to post. Hopefully they'll get it contained soon.
Lionel wrote:The fire is being allowed to burn, and may reach 6500 acres.
I've heard this as well. The area is still in good shape due to heavy snow year and late melt, and this is supposed to be clearing things out nicely. A good decision, I think. They should let it go as long as they can contain it (realistically tricky, if not impossible, I know).
Drove from Bishop to LA yesterday and the Owens Valley was choked with smoke. I usually don't have problems with air quality but I was sneezing up a storm. It's a good idea to let nature run her course.