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I took a trip to Eureka, CA over the weekend and witnessed some of the lightning activity. Friday night, just west of Susanville, I saw lightning flashes over the Cascades north of Mt. Lassen. On Saturday morning, lightning bolts darted from dark clouds west of Redding. I spotted several smoke plumes curling up from the mountains during the drive over U.S. 299 to the coast. On the return trip the next day, the Trinity River canyon was choked with smoke for over 100 miles and flames were occasionally seen on steep slopes above the highway. I drove through heavy smoke till east of Susanville, where it thinned out a bit for the rest of the ride back to Reno. If you have respiratory issues that could make you sensitive to the smoke, look for it to last for the next few days.
There are areas within the Reno city limits that are at risk from wildfire. Some outlying areas are at even greater risk due to surrounding vegetation and distance from help. No one is defenseless, however. Reno / Tahoe Wildfire Safety explains how you can be prepared and live to tell the tale should wildfire come burning in your neighborhood.