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Thu Sep 25, 2014, 1:23 PM

King Fire Update!!
playing with fire 

The fire is now being reported as 92% contained :w00t: there are still pockets of smoldering trees well away from the containment lines.  The over 8000 fire personnel has been reduced to 3400 - still a lot of people power but far less than at the height :love:  The structures lost is up to 80 but last I read only 10 or so of those are homes.  The acreage burned has topped 97,000 (compare that to Lake Tahoe at 120,000 acres).  Mopping up and plans for re-forestation and flood control will continue. 

I also want to say a heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone out in dA-land for helping me to reach an unexpected milestone of over 100,000 page views :faint:

Fire Bending 

On Saturday September 13, 2014 a small fire was intentionally set in the pine forested Sierra Nevada mountains near the small town of Pollock Pines CA. The fire, on the first day was a measly 40 acres or so, but on Sunday the 14th the wind kicked in and the fire exploded in the tinder dry trees. California is in its 3rd year of drought and everything will burn. For fire maps and more information check out The YubaNet online paper – it has been a literal life saver for many people who were in the way of this monster.

My family does not live within the danger zone but several friends like :iconstephgabler: and her family do. They have lived with the threat of evacuation, having gotten the “voluntary” call on the 4th day of the fire.

The winds and dry conditions had the fire moving so rapidly that it moved over 15 miles in the course of ONE night! Thousands of people have been evacuated and the fire is threatening homes and whole towns. Smoke from the fire can be seen by satellite and has been blown up into Wyoming and Idaho.

The fire has grown so large and long that it has been split into two different zones to facilitate shorter times for the crews to reach their places of battle.  The mountain terrain is steep and the few roads that exist are narrow and winding.

We have more than doubled the population of many of these towns with out-of-town and out-of-state fire personnel and are we grateful to them!! Over 8000 men and women, the largest support gathering ever.

At this moment – Thursday September 25, 2014 the fire has burned over 95,350 acres, 69 homes and out buildings have been destroyed (the total will rise when it is safe to go into the burned areas). For more than a week the fire was burning so hot and fast they couldn't stay ahead of it and it remained only 5% contained. We've had a little bit of rain in the last few days and are glad to see the containment has risen to 43%, but a return to the seasonal weather pattern can quickly change that.

While California is “made to burn” - many of its plants even require the heat and clearing of timber that occurs to be able to grow - we have buried our homes deep into the danger zones so sadly this will not be the last Monster fire...

:iconcaitiekabob: :iconstephgabler: and I have taken a couple drives and have found much beauty in the fearsome might that are wild fires...

The following are our images and others that I have found here on dA.

Smoke in the mountains by kayaksailor Monster In The Sky by kayaksailor Into the Monster by kayaksailor Sky on Fire by kayaksailor Lake view by kayaksailorView of the smoke by kayaksailor Smokin' tree by kayaksailor

Double dipping by kayaksailor Airport view by kayaksailor Copter Dump by kayaksailor Smoky Sunset by kayaksailor Dawn Smoke by kayaksailor Smoke Pillar by kayaksailor

Matchstick by Caitiekabob Smoke Plume by Caitiekabob Smoke From King Fire by Caitiekabob King Fire by Caitiekabob

Air-Crane 1 by StephGabler Heroes of the King Fire by StephGabler King Fire from Sly Park Lake by StephGabler King Fire 3 by StephGabler

East Shore Sunset20140829-4 by MartinGollery Smoke140917-3 by MartinGollery Smoke140917-22 by MartinGollery

Custom Stamp 1 for kayaksailor by LoneWolfPhotography by :iconlonewolfphotography:
Ruth by ibrahimabutouq by :iconibrahimabutouq:

I grant the aforementioned Clubs permission to submit my work to their galleries.
:iconthankyouplz4:Thank you to everyone who honors my photographs with favorites or adds them to a collection :love: I will always answer comments but I can no longer guarantee that I will be able to acknowledge every fave, although I appreciate each one! :blowkiss:


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LASKANWLF Featured By Owner 1 hour ago  Professional Photographer
Thank you for adding Legends of Montana by LASKANWLF   to your faves Ruth!  :hug:  Hope you enjoyed it.
UszatyArbuz Featured By Owner 19 hours ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the fav! Let this day be for you as lovely as you are Eyes
Merhlin Featured By Owner 1 day ago
Thanks again (and again. ;)  ) Whew! This thanking business takes awhile. (Such a problem.)  ;)
kayaksailor Featured By Owner 1 day ago
You're so very welcome :D  I am impressed that you're thanking...I have had to quit for the most part...would rather spend more time lookin' at art :love:
Merhlin Featured By Owner 1 day ago
Yeah. Tempted to put that disclaimer some use under their photos "Thanks in advance...." (A tad bit impersonal.) Frankly this has only become an "issue" recently for me and I take it as an indicator that my "watchers" are increasing in numbers and maybe my photos are improving. :D My generation was taught to be polite and grateful. You know, write thank you notes, etc. The millennials suck at that for the most part and I take a bit of pride in responding to each comment, collect or fave, even if my responses are pretty generic. But you're right. After while it starts to become time consuming.  :)
kayaksailor Featured By Owner 1 day ago
I, too, was taught to thank but with now 1000 watchers :faint:; watch almost 600, and being a member of a couple dozen groups makes it impossible to do so...I used to thank everyone and respond to every comment but as more people started watching me I eventually realized that I thought people would rather I have time to look at their art and occasionally comment than spend all my time thanking them for their 'click' :D

But congratulations on getting busier!! :D  I love your birds and how we have similar scenes even though we're so far distant :giggle:
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cricketumpire Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for faving the "Think Pink" compilation by Andorada, highjacked by me in the tandem submission to highlight breast cancer awareness...

                Spread the word Ruth...   :bcribbonhug:
DeathLee28 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Student Traditional Artist
thanks for faving mayoi  no mori winter's fairies

i love your photography :) 
kayaksailor Featured By Owner 2 days ago
MY pleasure!  And thank you for your visit :blowkiss:
SolsticeOwl Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
 You're welcome. Your gallery is extremely gorgeous. I can't wait to see more of your photography. =)
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