Friday, June 15, 2012
Fire on the Mountain
We had some dry lightening yesterday. I saw a stroke of lightening and then I saw a small plume of smoke in the hills beyond the river, heading south. We called it in right away. So far the news is claiming one hundred acres burnt. Sagebrush and cheatgrass. Honestly, there isn't really any sagebrush on that set of mountains. Those mountains are called the Desert Mountains. Only the saddest, poorest looking desert plants you have ever seen grow over that way. The plants that look dead almost all the time. They don't get very tall either.
It was interesting to watch the fire spread from a small plume of smoke to orange glowing rivers of flames. You could see when a breeze came up by the flames moving and glowing orange. Fortunately, there wasn't much wind. Nothing grows out that way and no people live over there. Certainly nobody hikes or 4-wheels or spends any real time at all over there. There is nothing to see and just about no roads.
Even though it is cloudy, you can see the smoke coming off the fire in this photo. This is about an hour after the fire started.
This magnificent cloud is the culprit that started the fire. It tried hard to be a thunderstorm but didn't quite have the energy to become a thunderhead. It did produce some dry lightening none-the-less.
You can see the fire towards the top of the ridge in this photo as the sun was setting and it was starting to get dark out.