CAL FIRE and California State Parks are conducting a prescribed burn in Humboldt Redwood State Park intended to address 450 acres of the forest understory. While firefighters manage the flames, Mendocino County is getting hit with smoke.
National Weather Service Meteorologist Scott Carroll has analyzed the skies of the North Coast for 11 years. He told us the smoke output from the prescribed burn is being pushed directly toward Mendocino County.
Images from Alert Wildfire Cameras show dark smoke hovering over Laytonville, the Ukiah Valley, Redwood Valley, Sanel Valley and continuing south into Sonoma County’s interior valleys all the way to Santa Rosa.
Carroll told us forecasts point towards an evening inversion layer that will push the smoke toward valley floors. The inversion layer combined with the minimal wind forecasted suggests the smoke will stay with us into tomorrow, if not longer.
PurpleAir.com indicates that the majority of Mendocino County’s air quality is “unhealthy” meaning “Some members of the general public may experience health effects; members of sensitive groups may experience more serious health effects.”
The National Weather Service’s Smoke Forecast graphic shows the North Bay counties from Mendocino to Marin in the direct path of the controlled burn’s smoke.
For some good news, rain is predicted Monday night.
UPDATE 3:06 p.m.: This photograph was sent to us by a Potter Valley resident who lives above the Eel River. He told us due to the current smoke conditions, he could barely go outside.