Here’s the temporary village they have set up for fire command central in the town park. Among other “inconveniences,” the fire has ruled out my favorite, go-to hiking trails. Our home is not threatened, but we have come to the realization that smoke will be part of our lives for part of some summers. In New York, they have crime. In California, they have earthquakes. Here, amid forests, we have fires. This is going to be our reality. We ordered 2 air purifying machines on the Internet.

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