In the morning, the first thing I did was to check for smoke. The air was good. The skies were clear, except for a fog bank off to the south, which I gradually realized was the smoke plume from the fire, only now it was snow white, and pushed towards the SE by cool wind from the north/northwest. It looked somewhat dispersed at the edges and everything about it suggested a fire that was smoldering rather than burning fiercely.
I headed out at about mid-afternoon to re-streamer and run a course at Granite Planite. When I got there, it felt cold and windy enough despite the sun that I went out in a fleece top with a long sleeved t-shirt. The smoke plume was well visible from where I parked, and still almost snow white.
After about a minute and a half, I realized I had been way too wimpy in terms of the cold, and went back to my truck to ditch the fleece top, and then continued with the streamering. Then ran the course, which equated to a short middle. It was a lot of fun to be out and running with at least some speed. At some point after I had just bounced through some sage it crossed my mind how, for me, it's just more fun to be orienteering with enough speed so that things come up quickly and you have to be more attuned to foot placement and the running becomes more "technical" (don't really like using that term, but...)
There were some cows off in the distance and I could hear them occasionally, but none were around in the grazing unit I was in. Nobody else was around either, not a single ATVer, and I couldn't think of the last time I had been out that way and not seen and heard any ATVs. I warmed down for about another 20 minutes until dusk started approaching.
While I was warming down in the area just south of Granite Planite, I glanced off to the south and saw that now the smoke plume had turned a more purple gray, and was much more compact looking than it had been earlier. Maybe the color change had something to so with a setting sun or maybe the fire had started to pick up in intensity again, or maybe it was some combination of factors.
Driving home just after sunset, the sky was lit up from sunlight hitting bands of high clouds that looked like they might have been smoke from far off fires. The colors of both the clouds and the blue sky in between were extra intense and it seemed to me it might have been the most brilliant sunset I'd ever seen.