|Who would’ve thunk I’d be too busy to do this blog thing as often as I’d like? Kind of a bummer.
I completed a trip to my camp 2 days ago, taking a two and a half to three hour drive through hell (click the image to the right for a map – it’s ~55miles). You’ll notice from the map, that we drove through a large portion of the fire perimeter. The fire was not active on the flanks around the road the days I drove it…but I did manage to see a tiny little fire next to the road on the drive in. The scariest parts were the lack of visibility due to smoke and dust from the dirt roads…and the proximity of the road to a big drop off in portions. My hands were exhausted by the end of the trip, I was clinging to the wheel so hard most of the way. I’ve included a little bit of video from my drive back – which I had to do again THE NEXT DAY, when we evacuated our camp. I wasn’t able to film the scarier portions (wish I could’ve), as I was busy driving. They evacuated all of us folks that aren’t trained to be on the fire line. …but that left ~400 folks there.
|They are evacuating the remaining 400 or so, tomorrow. I’m forecasting very strong winds, low relative humidity, and moderate probability that fires will become plume-driven (really tall…and creating their own wind)…and have issued a Red Flag Warning as a result. The North Fork Fire is heading right towards the camp where the 400 remain. The map above shows where the fire perimeters were a few days ago. The one labeled “North Fork Fire” is the one that has the best chance of hitting the old camp (marked “Cox Rance ICP” on the map). …it’s a whole lot closer now, than when that map was created. Say a little prayer that all is okay for them tomorrow.|
|I took the photo to the left, of a big plume of smoke going up just east of camp, over the Riordan fire, which is part of the Landmark Complex. This is an example of a plume-driven fire. These can create very strong winds at the surface towards the column. These types of columns (but larger) in these kinds of fuels (the stuff it’s burning) have been known create updrafts capable of yanking large trees from the ground – and toss them into the air.|
To the right, there’s a visible satellite image of smoke from the fires in my area. I’m just to the west of that north-south running line of smoke. If you click on the image, there’s an arrow pointing to the source of the smoke. It’s all then drifting to the NE…away from us. Good thing…from just one night at the other camp…where the smoke reduces visibility to <1/2 mile, my stuff smells like it caught on fire, and I peed it out.