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Hastily changing my fly drive plans due to the forest fires. Original plan was SFO to Las Vegas via South Lake Tahoe and the 395. Plan B looks like going down the other side of the Sierras. Bakersfield looks fine for one night but are you free from wildfire smoke?

Thanks in advance.

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1. Re: Smoke

Currently Bakersfield is hazy, but not anywhere near as bad as the eastern Sierras or the Sierras north of Sequoia

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2. Re: Smoke

Agree with PareoB. It's definitely hazy and our air quality is worse than normal, but I'm sure nothing like nearer the fires.

Link to air quality report:


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3. Re: Smoke

We just drove through Bakersfield on Sunday. Had lunch, filled our tank at Costco. Very hot (99° at 1300). Very hazy, but not beyond normal hazy.

We periodically stay in Bakersfield overnight. Not the best tourist site by any stretch but pretty good restaurants and okay accommodations.

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4. Re: Smoke

Thanks everyone! By California standards hotels in Bakersfield seem like a real bargain,,,,,

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