Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Smoke on the Water (and fire in my yard)

I tried to post this last night, but Blogger wouldn't let me upload pictures... It's not so exciting now. I can only see one little plume of smoke.

But yesterday afternoon my best friend called and told me there was a fire across the river...

This was the view from my front yard

I have a snazzy zoom lens so really this fire is probably at least 3 miles away and also across the Columbia River.

I waited until dusk to get some more vivid pics.

You can see the flare up on the left between this picture and the one above it.

This is an unpopulated area so there were no homes in danger to my knowledge. The lights at the top of the ridge were emergency vehicles, I could see the flashing lights before it got dark.

The fire was running to the right (south east) due to some steady wind. And going behind the neighboring building so I couldn't really see it, plus it was getting full dark and I was getting mostly blurry pictures.

This seems to be our annual summer fire. I hope there aren't any others though! We live in town, but are high enough with good breaks in buildings that we can see a lot of the hills around us. This fire was north east of us. Last summer it was north and 2 summers ago it was directly east.

Good luck to all the firefighters everywhere!


  1. Yikes, those are some crazy pictures. Glad that it was across the river and not too dangerous. My brother-in-law is a Forest Service firefighter, so I've heard plenty about how dangerous those things can get!

  2. We had this same thing happen in the mountains near our home. Scary. Especially at night.

  3. Anonymous5:15 PM

    I saw the post title in a "More from BlogHer" and had to come see. I'm glad you are okay! But I have to admit, the photos are pretty cool.

  4. Wow, that's really intense!! I'm glad you and your family are safe though. :)

  5. We have a lot of summer fires, too ... you'd wonder what can burn in the desert. We have a lot of cheat grass and it burns so easily. We have a lot of lightening storms that start the fires in the mountains. We also get a lot of the California smoke so in the summer it causes havoc on asthma!


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