By Ted Grussing
… fire, that is, I took this shot Saturday morning and it gives you a pretty good view of the Point Fire as they call it. It was caused by a lightning strike on Wednesday. As of this morning it was 190 acres and they Are trying to contain the fire on the north end of the mesa. As you can see the terrain is extremely rugged and they are trying to keep it from spreading into nearby canyons.
The USFS is also requesting those with drones/quadcopters or whatever to not fly them anywhere close to the fire as it prevents them from flying water drops in the area. Think safety, drones/quadcopters endanger real aircraft and the people in them … I had a near miss with a large yellow one last year as the jerk was flying it less than a couple of miles from the airport.
The near canyon wall in the photo is the western side of jacks Canyon, beyond the mesa you have the chapel area, on the left above mid image is Cathedral Rock, to the right of it, the airport and upper right the Cockscomb. The air was pretty smokey and a little later the wind direction changed and the smoke plume drifted to the NE. You can follow the progress of the fire at: they also have a great photograph of the fire taken Friday afternoon when much of the area in my photograph that is burned out was really burning.
Quite a few other lightning caused fires and it appears that many of them will be “managed” … bummer.
A new week is underway; enjoy each day as it comes, smile and keep breathing … perhaps with a mask.
Good night, thou sweet, old world, good night;
Enfold me in the gentle light
Of other days when gleams
Of dewy meadows held my dreams;
And quiet walks, as day sunk low,
Dispelled each touch of woe.
Let me forget these joys be gone,
But feel them coming on
From out of the past, with laughter’s cries
And dream-enamored skies
Of old. One hand let me hold tight.
Good night, thou sweet, old world, good night.
— Max Ehrmann
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