Too close and the very real possibility of morning winds brought out the sheriffs (at 3am) to warn us of evacuation. In the end we didn't have to, but a lot of people up valley did. I'm pretty sure I've blogged about this before, although I can't find it. The fire plume was spectacular in the first few days, then it was pure smokiness.
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