Smoke, Record High Temps on Tap This Week

Wendilyn Grasseschi
Staff Writer

A 58-square-mile fire burning near Santa Clarita and another wildfire burning near Monterey are throwing smoke into Mammoth and the Eastern Sierra this morning, July 26, and the smoke is likely to persist at least through this week as firefighters struggle to gain control over the fires under extremely hot and dry conditions. The giant Sand Fire near Santa Clarita is sending smoke up the Owens Valley from the south. The Sorberanes Fire near Monterey is at about 19,300 acres this morning and is sending smoke from the west over the Sierra crest when the winds come from the west. Record high temperatures are also on tap until at least Thursday and some records have already been broken this past week, according to Mammoth forecaster Howard Sheckter. Temperatures are expected to increase each day until Thursday. There could be some relief for the high country later this week when the National Weather Service is calling for thunderstorms, although not a lot of rain. For more information on where the smoke is likely to settle over the area, go to or go to the Reno National Weather Service's Facebook page at