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Old 11-14-2018, 11:44 AM   #1
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Mountain snow and California wildfires

Looking for resources and suggestions. We were so excited about getting our new 5.0TA that we didn't plan our route back to Arizona
carefully enough. Also, the extent of the California wildfires was unexpected.

So we are trying to get to Tucson (leaving Tillamook, OR) and avoid the likeliest places for snow making travel difficult. First choice is going south through California, but I don't know how to find out if I5 is closed due to fires.

Any suggestions appreciated...but please be kind. If we weren't blinded by new Escape lust, we would have planned better.🤗
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Old 11-14-2018, 12:07 PM   #2
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Try Caltrans cameras Live Traffic Cameras
also update your avatar to your new Escape....
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Old 11-14-2018, 12:10 PM   #3
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You can check current road conditions by visiting this site and entering the highways you wish to travel: Division of Traffic Operations - Road Information - California Highway Information

You can also call Caltrans Road Conditions at 800-427-7623.
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Old 11-14-2018, 12:37 PM   #4
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I-5 is open, and there's no snow. All major roads should be good as long as you avoid Butte county.
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Old 11-14-2018, 12:42 PM   #5
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I-5 is open, and there's no snow. All major roads should be good as long as you avoid Butte county.
Yes, and Butte Co. means Hwys. 89 and 99. I-5 will be smoky, but open all the way.....
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Old 11-14-2018, 12:44 PM   #6
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You should be fine going back through California. It may be a little smokey in some parts, but definitely do-able (we keep the air on 'recirculate' while driving). One of the best fire maps out there is: https://projects.sfchronicle.com/2018/fire-tracker/. (P.S. Weather in the Santa Cruz/Monterey area is warm, hazy and sunny with a 'possibility' of rain next week ... we can only hope.)
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(P.S. Weather in the Santa Cruz/Monterey area is warm, hazy and sunny with a 'possibility' of rain next week ... we can only hope.)


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Old 11-14-2018, 01:34 PM   #8
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To expand on the Calif. maps: QuickMap


On the left is a pulldown menu, where you can select a variety of options, including traffic cams, the text of the message boards, closures, etc.


So.Calif. status relative to fires (as of Wed. Nov. 14, 11:30 am), US-101 and I-5 are open, some smoke (not bad) on US-101 between Thousand Oaks (Ventura County) and San Fernando Valley (Los Angeles). Strong winds remain today, but leave tomorrow. We even have a slim possibility of something called 'rain' next week.
Wind: If you're using I-5 over the mts. south of Bakersfield, note that the following from NOAA applies to you.
245 AM PST Wed Nov 14 2018 ...WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 3 PM PST THIS AFTERNOON... * WINDS...Northeast 20 to 35 mph with gusts to 45 mph will continue through this afternoon. There will be local gusts to 50 mph this morning after sunrise. Winds will diminish late in the afternoon. * IMPACTS...Gusty winds will make driving difficult, especially for drivers of high profile vehicles. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... When driving, use extra caution. Be prepared for sudden gusty cross winds.
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The siskiyou summit (highest elevation on I5) is on the Oregon side and you can see webcam here - https://www.tripcheck.com/Pages/Road...ns?curRegion=7
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Old 11-14-2018, 07:50 PM   #10
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I'd suggest taking US395 down the east side of the sierras as the smoke is positively unhealthy in the sacramento valley that I5 travels down.... PM 2.5 micron AQI was 180+ in Sacramento today, you do NOT want to be breathing that without a N95 or better mask.

https://go.nasa.gov/2TaBugq
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