O' at Twin Boulders in the morning, using southern portions of the map, mostly. Ran where I wanted to, however it didn't feel like I was moving with any great amount of speed. Part of that could have had to do with it feeling warm when the sun was out--and it was out nearly the whole time. So back to unseasonably warm weather, which registers as quite pleasant for October as long as you aren't trying to get up a south facing slope quickly.
No smoke in the area and it was hard to make out any kind of a smoke plume today, at least in part because there were many low, scattered clouds to the west. It could be that given the direction of the wind today that the fire has consumed most of what is available along that axis of movement.
Yesterday while running I came across another trail runner who was just about to get started. He wanted to know if I had seen anyone in the direction I had come from--he was thinking hunters. I told him no worries, it would only be bow hunters out, if anyone. He said no, it was the first day of a general season, and that he had just checked it on his phone. I told him that maybe I was wrong, but inside I was thinking maybe I was right. I hadn't see a single hunter, or any flash of orange, hadn't seen trucks driving around bristling with hunters and orange and weaponry, and hadn't heard a single shot. That would be pretty darn unusual had it been the first day of (rifle) hunting season. Today I didn't hear or see anything either, making me feel even more sure that a general hunting season hadn't started locally.
But in fact it's hard to be sure--there are many different "seasons", based on animal, sex of animal, weapon, and the particular hunting unit (area) in question. After I got home, I checked, and it looks like a hunting season *did* start yesterday--for black bear. I have no idea how many tags there might be for the area I was in, but it's probably a few at most, if any at all. Bear hunters hardly concern me for even a moment.