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Wild Fire burning

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 yubanet.com/nevada/King.php – 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:


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Thanks for the fave!
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thank you for the llama :3

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And a GREAT BIG HUG right back at you my friend. Hug by KmyGraphic  

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kach-back Featured By Owner 4 days ago   Traditional Artist
Thank you for the :+fav: Ruth very much, but I have to admit I had done Valentine's Rose a long time ago and accidentally deleted it last night so this is a repost, still glad you liked it though. :D
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner 4 days ago
I read that you'd deleted it - you reallllly weren't paying attention, lol, but as I do like it and it deserves to have faves, I faved again :love:  How're you doing?  Getting good color back there?  Not much out here - or at least when I've had the time to go looking it was either passed (up high) or not quite yet (down a bit lower) so I really only played with the carvings on some of the trees :laughing:  
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kach-back Featured By Owner 4 days ago   Traditional Artist
What happened was I submitted to a group, but in the wrong category. I thought I was deleting it from the group, but I deleted the deviation instead. :ashamed:

I am doing okay but at the end of some very tough and long work for me. Here things are turning finally but we will have snow in 3 weeks for good I think. I am looking at a D750 for myself what do you think of that?

Any how all is good here, how are things with you?
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner 4 days ago
:giggle: can see how that could happen :D

Good to be at the end of tough work!  Now you can relax a bit...

There's a guy I watch here on dA who got the incredible job of "test driving" the D750 www.joshuacripps.com/2014/09/o…  I'd love it - but I really don't think I can justify $2300 for the body alone...:(   I'm still enjoying my d300s and as I don't do as much landscape as some then I don't know if the move to full frame is worth in investment.  My daughter bought the d7000 and it has a few tricks that I'd like to have (auto focus through live view) but Nikon doesn't think the "pro" cameras need those handy tools, lol...

Life is pretty quiet here - fires are out (as much as can be until we get some serious rain/snow) temperatures have cooled a bit (75 today which is lovely compared to last weeks 95) it just feel like I haven't DONE anything -sigh-...
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Thanks for the :+fav:
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