Of course you see smoke on the edge of the town, where you’re in a car leaving the city and unable to do much about it other than watch and wonder what’s burning this time and hope nobody’s too badly hurt and marvel at the quality of the air and light drawing it like a tiny curtain over the skyline.

A sunny late evening view Sunday, July 30, 2023 from between two cars in eastbound Interstate 80 traffic on the Bay Bridge looking at smoke from a recreational vehicle fire at Fifth and Adeline streets sending up a sticky gray smear of smoke across the distant Oakland and Port of Oakland skyline.

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