I've had some phone calls and emails and apparently I'm freaking out my friends and family with these photos. The fire is not currently threatening me. In the future if the winds shift and become strong the fire could conceivably become a threat but for today it's not a worry for my neighborhood. Here's a map showing the recent fire boundary as of mid-day on Sept. 8.
You can view this map here and zoom in/out to see whatever view is useful to you.
The blue circle is roughly where I live, I'd guess about 3 miles or so from the eastern boundary of the fire. The blue line shows the path the helicopters were taking today from Wonderland Lake (the blue blob at the start of the line) into the fire zone. Yesterday they were taking a more southerly route. It makes me think that Boulder Heights/Bow Mountain neighborhoods were the focus of their efforts today but that's just a guess. Hard to say exactly where they went once they flew out of sight.
Here's a closer view of my area.
The blue dot above Wonderland Lake (shown between Foothills Community Park and Wonderland Hills) is about where I was standing when I shot the photos yesterday. The photos from the day before were taken from a trail heading north from the lake along the foothills.
Thankfully we have an upslope condition today which means the smoke is finally blowing the other way and I felt o.k. enough to take Lola for a walk and later probably some agility for Strummer if the wind directions hold. Feels so good to have some relief from the smoke.
There are reports of sporadic light rain in the mountain areas surrounding the burn area, let's hope it increases and moves over the burn area. No other rain is forecast in the foreseeable future so we have to hope these storms produce enough to be useful. I can't see any other way that this fire will be put out.