Smoke from the 200-acre Miller fire in Mason Valley Wildlife Area could be seen over the Pine Nuts in Carson Valley. The fire, which is burning in cottonwood trees, buffalo berry and willows, started about 12:30 p.m. on Thursday. According to the Sierra Front Interagency Dispatch, firefighters are using the roads through the area to confine the fire and building fire lines along its flanks. Smoke from the fire prompted at least one fire call in the Valley.
I don't know if it's an improvement, but there were a half-dozen people at Thursday's airport workshop in the Ranchos. I'm still betting the meetings in the north Valley draw more people. The next one is Sept. 29 at the Sunridge Fire Station No. 12.
Record high temperatures are expected this weekend before a cold front rolls in and cools every thing off. The National Weather Service issued a statement early this morning warning that high temperatures will remain well above normal through Sunday. Then the bottom falls out on Monday when the front begins to head this way. By Wednesday high temperatures are forecast to drop 35 degrees. While there isn't much moisture riding this storm, snow levels are expected to hit 6,000 feet. The high temperature today should hit 89 degrees under sunny skies.