This town of about 100,000 in northern California is atmospherically downstream from huge fires—the Carr fire about an hour away near Redding, which has killed 7 people and is beginning to be contained; and the Mendocino Complex Fire that has exploded into the biggest in the state’s history.
The sun varies from strained whiteness to angry orange. At times in recent days, small flecks gently rained from the sky, ghastly ashflakes drifting down from the opaque grayness.
The local news tells people to stay inside and change the air filters on air conditioners. The streets have half the traffic flow, and there are hardly any people in the park, or biking around this cycling town.
Some of the park users have been abusing it, rather than treating it