It's not unusual to have smoke in these parts, either from field burning or from wildfires.
Yesterday morning was vaguely smoky, as often happens -- but then the wind shifted or something and suddenly it was very smoky. The light took on a freaky yellowish cast, all distant landmarks were obliterated, and anyone with breathing problems or allergies was advised to stay indoors.
Yes, there are hills beyond this horizon...
...and a large butte in the distance.
The sun looked bleary and old.
I drove into town...
...and saw the Spokane newspaper had the smoke on its front page.
My purpose for being in town was to pick up some additional dust masks (Don slept in one last night). The fellow at the hardware store said they were flying off the shelves.
A regional news article reported the smoky conditions and included a photo of drivers with their headlights on during midday.
One saving grace about this smoke is the temperatures are being moderated. It was projected to be 98F today. Instead, as I type this, it's 79F. Of course, we can't open the windows to enjoy the fresh air...
Oh well, this too shall pass. But my heart goes out to those facing the wildfires producing this smoke, as well as to the brave firefighters battling them.