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View south to the smoke-shrouded Sandia Mountains, just a couple of miles from me on Lower Las Huertas Creek in northeast Placitas, New Mexico, with 107 wildfires in 15 western states burning over 2 million acres, August 8, 2021, noon.
Air quality reading, Placitas, 11 a.m., August 8, 2021. The ozone and smoke count got as high as 174 later Sunday, well into the red.
Fire map, August 8, 2021, morning. National Interagency Fire Center@NIFC_Fire·#NationalFireNews Fire activity in 15 states. Currently, 107 large fires or complexes have burned 2,272,800 acres. Near critical conditions w/ wind gusts up to 45 mph reported over north central MT, & up to 30 mph in E OR. Nearly 24,000 personnel & 30 T1 and T2 IMTs #FireYear2021
Smoke coverage forecast for August 8, 2021.
Smoke plume (shades of gray) descending south into New Mexico, morning, August 8, 2021.

Twenty-four-hours ago, with the Sandias at upper left and blue sky all around and the real Cowboy in the shade. We were out when we were because we had been warned the smoke was coming. High temp later on in the mid-90s, UV index 10.

Stay tuned for this report tomorrow, Monday, August 9, 2021.

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Morning, Monday, August 9, 2021, looking a few miles west to Santa Ana Mesa, across the Rio Grande.
Sunset, Sunday, August 8, 2021.

New York Times, Monday, August 9, 2021: Nations have delayed curbing their fossil-fuel emissions for so long that they can no longer stop global warming from intensifying over the next 30 years, though there is still a short window to prevent the most harrowing future, a major new United Nations scientific report has concluded. Photo: The Dixie Fire, which destroyed one town and forced thousands to flee their homes in Northern California, became the second largest wildfire in state history on Sunday.Credit…David Swanson/Reuters