This was my 3rd attempt to see the effect of the 2021 devastating wildfire in Monte Lake area. The bad turbulence always won over my bravery. Not this time. I stacked with it and even when I complicated it with my 1 pm take-off during heat laden air. The timing guaranteed good bumps. I was not disappointed. The visibility was much better then during my usual early morning take offs, but the turbulence was relentless. I was really swearing into my helmet after some serious jolts.
The area looks like a different world. I felt like being in the volcano crater. Poor residents; they had to live through this nature hell. I think I have very interesting video from 5 cameras documenting my 130 km flight.