Yesterday evening the sunset was a red one. From the hill above town there’s usually a clear view from the Grand Tetons on the Idaho-Wyoming border to the east all the way to
Peak in the Lost River
Range to the west. However,
the wind has brought in smoke from wild fires on the eastern side of the
state. The is hazed in and
the air has a burned taste. Upper Snake River
Photo borrowed from the Idaho Statesman
According to area newspapers there are at least eleven blazes, mostly started by lightning, that are being fought in the dry, grassy areas along Interstate 84 between
Twin Falls and . One fire jumped the four-lane highway and
shut down traffic for several hours on Monday.
A steady 20 mph wind helped spread the fire to 15,000 acres and caused
evacuations of homes and businesses.
Another fire covering over 190,000 acres of open range and sagebrush near
an air force bombing range has been reported contained. Boise
The low visibility from the smoke around here has not only messed up the view but we are being warned about the health effects from smoke inhalation.
I’m reminded of a similar situation when I was picking up my grandson from school. He came sprinting to the car and jumped in all wild-eyed. He said the teacher had told him the air was dangerous to breathe. He said it was a “Red Hair Alert” and since he had a head of copper colored hair he was extra worried.