The Rim Fire in the Stanislaus National Forest continues to send smoke into the foothills and Sierra to the east of Sacramento.
The fire is around 80% contained. The probability is that it will burn at some level until the rains and snows of late autumn arrive.
Outdoor recreation enthusiasts will continue to notice the smokey conditions in the mornings and more clear conditions in the afternoons. From the foothills all the way up into the Tahoe Basin, on I80 and US 50, smoke is present.
The biggest downside for anyone wanting to ride, hike, kayak, or just relax in these areas is that the mornings are the most impacted.
The resorts and businesses in the Tahoe Basin continue to offer great experiences, despite the conditions. Squaw Valley has a full plate of summer activities. The Northstar mountain bike park still has great trails to ride and instruction in how to ride them for all levels.
Sierra-at-Tahoe has just announced a new online e-store to make things easier for guests to buy passes, rent gear, gift cards, and enjoy the resort.
Mountain biking in Pollock Pines or in the Nevada City-Grass Valley area are still good in the afternoons.
The key to enjoying time in the foothills and mountains is timing. Pay attention to the wind patterns, and plan on doing the bulk of any outdoor recreation in the afternoons and early evenings.