We wake up in the morning, open the back door and step into the haze. It looks like fog, but it smells like a campfire. The smoke stings your eyes and burns your throat. But unlike a campfire, you can't move away from the smoke. It's everywhere.
We are not close to the fires burning west of us, in Sonoma and Napa counties. Those are a good two hours away.
And the the fires to the east of us, towards Lake Tahoe, are about an hour away. Maybe less.
There are also fires to the north of us.
Normally, when I head down the mountain for work I can see the outline of Sacramento clearly in the distance. This morning? It looked like this.