Some say the world will end with fire.

Others say with ice.

From what I've tasted of desire

I hold with those that favor fire.

But if I had to perish twice,

I think I know enough of hate,

To say that for destruction ice,

Is also great and would suffice.

Robert Frost


"Good things come to those who wait, but, only the things LEFT by those who hustle." - Unknown (at least by me)

"Life is wonderful, without it you are dead." - Hy "Pete" Peterson - Park City and Kenecott Miner

"Don't worry about those people in your past---there is a reason they are not in your present." - Unknown

"Life's tough - it's even tougher if you're stupid." - John Wayne

"The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary!" - Vince Lombardi

"If you aren’t living on the edge, you’re probably taking up too much space.” ~ Attributed to Jim Whittaker by Doug ‘Swani’ Swantner, Alaska Smokejumper and Air Attack Base Manager (Ret.)

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I am married and have seven children and twenty grandchildren. I retired January 1, 2010 after working 39+ years for the Forest Service...NEW CHAPTER IN MY LIFE HAS BEGUN!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010


The smoke in our valley tonight is from a management burn about an hour south of us. The first picture shows where it is located and the ridge it is burning behind. If this fire burned up to 35,000 acres it would be a good burn as long as it doesn't burn terribly hot. Right now it has burned about 1500 acres. It is doing good fire wise but the smoke became a problem tonight as shown by the pictures. It is unfortunate that when a fire like this is burning that the clearing index (which allows smoke to rise) can't always be above 500 feet (this means the smoke will rise to that level) so that the smoke stays out of the valleys.

Red skies at night are a wildland firefighters delight---here's a picture of the red sun as taken along the river south of our house. The red doesn't really show up as good as it was but you get the idea.

Here is a picture of the sun that was taken near our house---you can see how thick the smoke is and if you look near the tree branches you can see the sun---it was pretty much obliterated by the smoke and the smoke was too heavy for the red to show through.

Seeing this and smelling the smoke got my heart pumping and the adrenaline flowing---I need to get out on at least one more this season.


Amber said...

whenever we have fires here it always makes me want to bbq cause you can always smell the mesquite burning lol

Looney said...

The last picture looks like a normal day when I was living in LA!