It was very bad this morning, but seems to have broken up as the day has gone on, but dang, it is hot! This morning, it smelled like my neighbor's house was on fire, when I put the dogs out to potty at 6:30, and I am in northern Newport News. Looked a bit hazy. When I got to work, in Norfolk, it was pretty smelly, but not as bad as at my house. I would think, the fire being in the Dismal Swamp, it should be not all that far from Daydream Believer. Seems like, this morning, though, the smoke was all blowing north. Not sure what direction she is from the fire, but I know she is out in lower Sufflok, somewhere.
We were dealing with large amounts of smoke from the Wallow fire in AZ for what seemed like forever, so I sympathize. It is no fun.
There really isn't much to do other than stay inside, unfortunately. Definitely don't ride if the air quality is too bad. Though because of my setup (shed row barns and not enough stalls for all the horses) my animals just pretty much had to suffer through it, and while there were some especially gummy eyes and some coughing, everyone made it through just fine, even the horse with heaves.
ddb...yes it's very close...maybe 3 miles from us but it's due east from our property and the winds are taking the smoke towards Virginia Beach and Chesapeake. I drove through a huge smokey mess today after trimming off of Indian Creek Rd...heading up towards Great Bridge area. So far the smoke has not been bad here but that can change fast.
The smoke is easily seen from my yard...it is scary but so far I've no heard of any warnings or threats to people's property. I'll upload a few pics in a minute and post them.
Someone told me today that they were down in Currituck in NC and had smoke all around also and ashes built up on her car!
The second pic was from my back yard yesterday. Just a huge plume of smoke coming up and you could see the clouds boiling. Really impressive. It must be a huge fire. I heard it was a thousand acres and it's expected to burn for a month at least.
I don't know about the rest of you in SE Virginia but I'm OVER this smoke already. We get smoked out down here at least once a day. I can't believe I'm hoping for a tropical storm but they say that is what it will take to put this fire out.
I found this album of pics in the InciWeb site...thought I'd share them. It is a real mess but it is clear there are a lot of folks working very hard to keep this fire contained. God Bless them.
Jingles for all of you in the area dealing with this. When the wind direction changes from the south, we can smell the smoke all the way up in Charles county MD, so I can't imagine how bad it must be for those of you in SE VA.