The fire is burning in extremely rugged terrain, and is about 7% contained. The smoke plume from the fire has spread far and wide. It shows up on dopplar radar as a cloud, and it creates its own unique weather conditions.
The Sacramento Valley is largely unaffected by the smoke. The nearby foothills, lower mountain areas, and the high country are experiencing smokey conditions though.
The result is a slow down in recreational pursuits from the foothills to the high country. The Tahoe Basin has experienced socked in conditions at times, which is to say visibility drops to a very limited distance.
The foothill towns have been seeing smoke in the mornings that clears out, mostly, in the afternoons. In Pollock Pines, at the 4,000 foot level, conditions are much the same: smokey mornings, mostly clear afternoons.
Up in the Tahoe area, at Watta Bike in Meyers, Will said today, Sunday, that conditions are improving. Two days ago the mountains that frame Meyers couldn't be seen. Today, while it is smokey, it's "...not that bad." according to Will.
Recreational riders may want to purchase micron masks if they are concerned about particulate matter in the smoke.
In Tahoe City, Chris at the Olympic Bike Shop, said that today was relatively clear. Business is still OK, with bike riders continuing to ride. He said that with the wind helping out, the conditions are either pretty smoke filled, or approaching clear.
He said that visitors are still enjoying the end of summer season at the lake, just with some more inside time thrown in.
Anyone with respiratory issues should pay close attention to the smoke conditions prior to heading outside to ride, hike, or kayak. Everyone should avoid doing too much when the smoke is too heavy.
The fire will continue to burn for a while. There will continue to be smoke in the air for a while. After that, conditions should return to normal. There will be plenty of time then to safely enjoy recreational activities.