Before I even got out of bed this morning, I could hear the wind howling through the trees along my lane. It was kind of freaky, because the weather has been so dry and Iíve been so haphazard about the brown grasses in my yard. My whole house is surrounded by a potential fire trap, under the right conditions.
This was no cooling breeze flowing in off the ocean, either. It was a hot wind stirred up in the valley and blowing back and forth in various directions, but generally out toward the coast. It was a little freaky, especially when I checked the news and found that there were fires burning throughout Northern California. There was a brush fire near Yountville, and a forest fires in Yolo County, and a fertilizer plant spreading fumes all over the Fairfield area.
Although I seemed to be surrounded by a burning ring of fire, I could smell no smoke, and there wasnít that haze in the sky. It was all blue above, and the air smelled no worse than usual. Thatís good, because itís been the stuff in the air thatís mostly kept me from working in the yard any more than Iíve already done. This has been a horrid couple of weeks for allergy sufferers, for some reason, so smoke in the air would be particularly unwelcome just now.