Arizona’s huge wildfires have burned into New Mexico now, but the smoke from the fires has been here since the first flames. Some days we get the full blast of smoke, some days it goes more towards Albuquerque and Santa Fe.
On the smokiest days, it smells as if someone in the neighborhood is burning leaves and branches. It brings back memories of the 2003 Cedar Fire that was too close to home in San Diego. But more than the smell, it’s the quality of light that brings the fear back to me. The orange cast to everything, the diminished light, and pall of smoke in a cloudless sky – the scene is recreated and is very convincing.
My sympathy is with people and animals in Arizona; wildfires are terrifying for all beings.