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The smoke continues as new fires continue to ignite across CA. Here is a look at the OpenSummit.com smoke map for Monday evening.
The fire incident map shows the numerous fires burning across the state.
The fire danger has become so great that the national forests have been closed to camping and some have been closed completely.
The smoke in the air has been an ongoing issue for the last 2 weeks of August and now into September. There is a cold front moving through the area from the northeast that will cool us down and bring gusty northeast winds. That won't help with the fire danger with no precip and gusty winds, but it will help to blow the smoke westward from the area.
Here is a look at the smoke forecast on OpenSummit for Tuesday evening.
The cold front is bringing very cold air for this time of year and precipitation to our east in the Rockies where up to 12 inches of snow could fall in the mountains through Tuesday.
High temperatures will be well below average Tuesday, with the cold air pushing far enough east to drop highs in the 60s at lake level in Tahoe.
Many forests are closed to camping and some for hiking as well. But if you are hiking this week it will be much colder in the high country along with some gusty winds for Tuesday. Here is the 5-day forecast for Rubicon Peak above 9,000 ft.
High pressure builds back in later in the week with the dry weather continuing. Highs warming back into the 70s at lake level to near 80 degrees in spots.
The long-range models keep CA dry on most runs through the next 2 weeks. The latest GFS model run suggests an area of low pressure could be over CA around the 19th with some precipitation. We will be keeping an eye on the long-range for any chance of much-needed precipitation, and the first possible snowfall!
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