Reporting Ian Schwartz
AUBURN (CBS13) — The American Fire has burned for more than a week, scorched nearly 15,000 acres and sent smoke covering the foothills.
The smoky haze around Sacramento wasn’t just from the American Fire, but from several blazes burning around Northern California.
Darren Van Cleave with the National Weather Service says upper-level winds blowing from the east to the west are drawing the smoke into the valley.
That and no Delta breeze are keeping things gross around town.
“Very, very light winds, and that’s the kind of stuff that holds all that smoke down at the surface.”
Until the fires are out or the Delta breeze kicks in, the haze is here to stay for at least the end of the week.
In smoke-ridden Foresthill, 100 homeowners showed up to get an update on the American Fire.
“We’ve already cleared 100 feet of defensible space around our house.”
People here are read, but it’s what’s in the forecast this week that no one can prepare for—dry lightning strikes that could ignite another fire.