...to everything. Well, it does when the air is taupe as it was yesterday afternoon at Tassajara. Ash was falling heavily. We'd been thinking of staying the night but that plan dissolved as soon as we arrived. Obviously this heavy smoke layer was reawakening doubts about the timetable for reopening guest season and the wisdom of having a large number of people down there.
It appears that the air is clearer this morning and Inciweb states that today 'will be the last day of firing operations if all goes well. Crews will begin the transition from securing line and mop up to rehabilitation work'. There is also talk that the crews, who are already beginning to leave, will all pack up and go on the 30th.
On the drive into Tassajara there were flames on both sides of the road between China Camp and the ridge. On the way out we were able to see that large areas of Miller Canyon were alight. And a large portion of tree had fallen across the road.
Standing on the other side of the tree was the Ino, Judith, who has been having no luck at all with her journeys across the road. She was smiling widely and shouted out that 'there's a man with a chain-saw'. While he was firing up his saw another truck pulled up on our side of the tree. He had chains and was able to pull the stump off the road. All cleared in about 10 minutes. Many thanks.
The tree from which the roadblock had fallen was still alight. We could see flames about 20ft up where the trunk had burned through and the section had fallen. This was one of many trees festooned with festively red KILLER TREE tape.