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Old 09-13-2020, 08:41 PM   #1
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Escaping Smoke

Day 5 from SLO, CA. First two nights good and hoped for more of the same. Unfortunately, the last two in Sun Valley(Trail Dispersed) was just OK- and today unhealthy.

Change of plans(abandoning Glacier)- currently dispersed camping inside Grand Teton north of Jenny Lake. Campgrounds full- were lucky to find this spot and you should have seen the line of Southbound traffic. Conditions may improve tomorrow- we have seen amazing night sky last 5 nights- and if so will stay another night here before heading towards Lander, Wy then perhaps The Snowys(thanks U. TIM!) Cannot and won't complain given what friends in Oregon & elsewhere are dealing with right now. Praying for rain.
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Old 09-13-2020, 09:01 PM   #2
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The situation is very difficult. Hope you stay safe.
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Old 09-13-2020, 09:35 PM   #3
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No surprise, my rafting trip in southern Oregon is cancelled....tried to find on the purpleair map somewhere I could take the trailer and escape (!) confinement and smoke. Great Basin Natl park looked good but there are not a lot of spots there (100), no reservations, and I bet it's full. So guess I'm here at home for the duration.
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Old 09-13-2020, 10:29 PM   #4
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Lots of smoke in North Park today from the Middle Fork Fire burning north of Steamboat Springs. But the smoke column has been staying south of the Snowy Range and the air quality was still good there today. Lots of boondocking opportunities along Hwy. 70 between Savery and Encampment, Wy. Flaming Gorge and Dinosaur NM ought to be OK too.
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Old 09-13-2020, 10:42 PM   #5
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For those who may not yet know about it, h2owmn's reference to "purple air" ins a reference to the web site www.purpleair.com

It is a site that monitors and maps air quality conditions around the globe by enlisting volunteers to install WiFi connected sensors at their homes that continuously monitor and report air quality data that is displayed on a global map. This allows the user to find real time air quality information at any location where there is a sensor. It is open to the public, and does not require registration or participation in the monitoring program to access the data. It is a great site and worth checking out.
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Old 09-13-2020, 11:02 PM   #6
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Please stay safe. I love California. I have a friend in Orange County. One of my favorite destinations.

Please post some pics of your adventures. I'm stuck at work.
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Old 09-13-2020, 11:08 PM   #7
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For those who may not yet know about it, h2owmn's reference to "purple air" ins a reference to the web site www.purpleair.com
UGH. 629 AQI in my neighborhood.
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Old 09-13-2020, 11:16 PM   #8
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Donna D., fyi, air quality in Portland this morning was reported to be the worst in the world. Sure hoping that doesn't last long!
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UGH. 629 AQI in my neighborhood.
Thanks for the link Donna. I'm concerned for west coast friends.
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Old 09-13-2020, 11:24 PM   #10
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Donna D., fyi, air quality in Portland this morning was reported to be the worst in the world. Sure hoping that doesn't last long!
Bring on the rain! This was at 8am this morning. I live in a cul-de-sac. Looks like winter fog.
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Old 09-14-2020, 12:50 AM   #11
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Worse yet, the really bad stuff is what you can't see - fine particulate matter.
Vancouver, B.C. was #2 in the world today. Spent the day sheltering in place - Googling air purifiers. Rare as TP.
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Old 09-14-2020, 01:06 AM   #12
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I found an air purifier on qvc. They sold out right after my purchase confirmed. They did have other styles available.
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Old 09-14-2020, 10:59 AM   #13
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I have no ac, so I have been putting big air filters behind my box fans in the windows for the late evening/early morning times when I need to pull in some cooler air before shutting up the house again. They are brown after a couple days and I hose them off, dry, and reuse. Thank goodness the temp has been in the mid 80s as opposed to 105 ten days ago. Partly it's the smoke keeping the temp down. And yes, the sensors measure the tiny particles that are not supposed to be in human lungs, not the ash that covers my car. I am very glad that the carport over the trailer was installed 3 weeks ago.

An amusing tale: I have been checking on my daughter's neighborhood in the bay area just south of sf airport. I asked her if she knew where the sensor in her neighborhood was, as it appeared to be so near her house when I zoomed in. "Yeah," she said, "it's in our back yard." I should have known my techie kid would have one. She has one in the house, too.
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Old 09-14-2020, 12:42 PM   #14
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It has been really bad in Southern California for what seems like a month. These are pictures of the ash on the trailer and the car. From the bobcat fire. Took them on Friday.
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Old 09-14-2020, 03:11 PM   #15
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The high sky is hazed over from smoke even here in Minnesota (Minneapolis) , although it doesn't seem to be bad at ground level.
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Old 09-16-2020, 07:29 PM   #16
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After weeks of smoke and the past 4 days of hazardous (550-ish and up to 635 AQI) air quality, we're now down to a luxurious 326. This is really getting old - hiding in the bedroom with a HEPA air purifier while the rest of the house has furnace-filter-backed box fan air scrubbers running and the AC on recirc with the outside air dampers closed.


Runny eyes, tightness in the chest, zero exercise, bad tv...the smoke map showed the purple (really bad) air moving away but now its back and projected to last a few more days. At least more rain is projected for later this week!


I would have headed for better air but it's a long way to Iowa ...there's nowhere to get away from it. The coast had almost clear readings yesterday but now it's back up to 200+.
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