The King Fire that was near my last camp out at Loon Lake is now 43% contained and has covered over 95,000 acres. 8,000 firefighters were utilized, the largest number on a wildfire. Colfax and Auburn and Grass Valley was experiencing much smoke and ash in the air up until it rained on 9/25. Here is a map showing the status of the fire. Note Loon Lake off to the east of the fire near the top. Click the + button to blow up the map, then pan over to the left and you can see how close Colfax is. In fact if you click the [ ] box at the right corner of the map, it will blow up to full screen size.
And check out this a timelapse movie of the sunset on Wednesday nite with this huge pyrocumulus cloud formation.