Smoky Morning in Eastern Sierra

Staff Writer

Smoke from the Rough Fire burning west of Independence near Hume Lake and on the other side of the Sierra crest threw a heavy blanket of haze over the Eastern Sierra through the night and this morning, Aug. 11, with the lower elevations of Crowley Lake and Bishop the worst hit, although even Mammoth residents woke to gray and hazy skies. More smoke is possible today, but a wind shift could take the smoke out of the area if the winds shift. A shift in the weather is forecast for Thursday but it is likely to usher in even drier and hotter weather that will also increase fire danger. Local smoke has not yet hit hazardous levels, according to the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District but outdoor activities should be limited during times of heavy smoke and sensitive individuals, such as those with asthma, should take precautions.