So answer a question about my travel coming back to The Ranch, we are in fact in that part of the country that is being affected by forest fires - fortunately for my parents, the fires are well away from their home but the smoke is impacting literally everything - landing at the airport, we were only about 500 ft above the ground before we could see it through the smoke.
To give a sense of impact, here are pictures from my visit in July and this week.
Off the front porch:
Off the back porch:
The smoke has dissipated even since we arrived here. Hopefully the fires will end soon.