They call it the Lick Fire but to me it’s the Coe Fire, as it’s raging in the middle of Henry Coe State Park, one of my favorite riding areas in the Bay Area. (The area around the Lick Observatory on Mount Hamilton on the other hand is untouched by the fire.)
The whole South Bay has been covered in a smoky haze for the past few days, and on occasion the air is smelling of burnt oak and pine. This time of the year (fall), the sky is usually very clear instead.
The haze and particles in the air create spectacular orange and red sunsets and sunrises (see photo below). I’m pretty bummed though, as more than likely a good deal of trails and riding area will either have been flattened by fire trucks or closed indefinitely for restauration. Not to mention the tons of ash and dust that will be all over the place. Vegetation should be back in good shape after a (hopefully) wet winter – there will be some more open meadowland than before, as the fallen trees obviously won’t be back any time soon.
Pictures, maps, renderings of the fire in Google Earth and reasonably up to date info can be found on this discussion thread on mtbr.com – thereâ€™s even a firefighter/mountain biker chiming in once and a whileâ€¦