Two days, no smoke, but a bit of dust in the atmosphere today. The air quality index has been in the good range since 8 a.m. Monday, which is the longest stretch of clean air at the Ranchos Aspen Park monitor we’ve had since Aug. 22.
The Rim fire is up to 254,685 acres, but the number of firefighters working it is down to slightly more than 3,000. The fire is creeping and smoldering for the most part, and there are no new spot fires outside of the perimeter as of this morning. On Monday, crews contained 15 spot fires along Tioga Pass Road.
Both district court and planning commission are canceled for today, but the Douglas County School Board is meeting 3:30 p.m. today at Douglas High School. The school board will discuss issuing $8.5 million in school improvement bonds. The district has also hired three new vice principals at the elementary schools.
Expect sunny skies and a high temperature of 87 degrees today. The wind will be out of the northeast picking up to 5-10 mph this afternoon. The wind should keep smoke from the Rim fire from drifting up here through Wednesday at least.