Smoke: Smoke in Wawona & river basins nearby will be
very dense through noon today. Expect conditions
improve through the afternoon, smoke returning after
midnight. Light E transport winds keep Owens Valley clear
with increasing impacts to the foothills. A layer of smoke
aloft should be visible.
Fire: Butte: Full containment expected today. Empire:
Only light activity expected. South Fork: Aggressive
suppression activities on west flank of fire.
Other: Return of high pressure over California into the
weekend and continued moderate levels of smoke
production from the South Fork Fire will likely lead to
gradually worsening impacts in the near San Joaquin
Valley. Note: AQ forecasts below reflect only particulate
matter - not ozone. Stay tuned to the California Smoke
Blog (link below) for more up-to-date information.