As the fire activity has decreased, smoke is more a nuisance rather than an acute health hazard now in Sonora. There’s usually a smoky smell in the mornings, but the air is reasonably clear, and conditions improve as the day warms up. The Inciweb site has provided links to daily air quality reports, and those reports have been “replaced with situational updates posted as necessary if the forecast indicates smoke impacts from the Rim fire are likely.” I think that’s good.
The Forest Closure Order remains in effect for the Groveland Ranger District and the part of the Mi-Wuk Ranger District south of Highway 108 and west of Pinecrest. See the Stanislaus Forest website for the closure order map and the Bald Mountain Webcam.
The webcam looks pretty good this morning. There’s plenty of riding north of 108. Pinecrest Peak and Herring Creek are not in the closure area, but have an alternate plan in case it’s smoky.