Al's Photography Blog

Al's Photography Blog
Folly Beach, South Carolina

Monday, April 4, 2011

Local Wildfire

When I was pulling in to work on Friday morning, the fire engines were just pulling away after putting out a wildfire that burned a couple of acres very close to my office building. These photos aren't up to my usual standard because I only had my little point-and-shoot camera (an old Cybershot) and I didn't have much time.
Fortunately the fire didn't get out of control, due to the excellent work by the local firefighters, and also because the wind blew the flames back on themselves. The line between what burned and what didn't is very clear.
It's tinder-dry around here. We need some good rain or snow badly or it's going to be a bad wildfire season - I've seen the smoke rising nearby from several in the last couple of weeks.

20 comments:

  1. It's always so sad to see the blackness and smell the ashes right after such a fire.
    Glad they got it out in time.

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  2. When we made our journey out west, it was being ravaged by wildfires, there was several places we had to turn around because the BitterRoot s were burning you could see the smoke and smell it from miles away. Our tour guide in Ananconda said that it was very dry that year and they had very little rain or snow for several years.It was heart breaking to see the burned and charred areas.

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  3. hello Al~ wildfires definitely present a problem when there's no rain or snow to keep things at bay. glad they got this one under control quickly. hope all else is well. have a great day.

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  4. Oh, it does look SO dry! I do hope you don't have any serious fires! Wish I could send you some of our rain! Take care! Have a great week, Al!

    Sylvia

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  5. Sometimes one isn't fully aware of blessings. We've had lots of precipitation in Indiana, snow and rain. Wish I could bottle up enough to help your area. :(

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  6. Oh, thank goodness the fire was put out! It does look very dry.

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  7. Always makes me so sad seeing burned land and forest. Seems a little early in the season for wild fires.

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  8. Too bad I couldn't send some rain from. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  9. I didn’t realize it would be this dry in your area this time of year. It sure doesn’t take long for rainless hot weather to present a problem. It almost seems as if forest fires have been on the increase in recent years. We usually have them in certain areas of BC, too, during summer months. Thank goodness for fire fighters who risk so much to hold back greater disasters.

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  10. the threat of wildfires is a concern every year here in california.

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  11. Thank goodness they caught the fire in time!

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  12. Bring on those April showers!

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  13. It's a good thing that the fire department is so fast responding - wow.

    If I could I would send you some of our rain ... we're in the middle of the (so far) 5th rainiest spring on record - and we're talking Oregon, so we're used to lots!!!

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  14. Hi Al, too bad they couldn't let it burn, but that's just not possible in the human built landscape. So much of our native prairie and woodlands rely on fire for health & renewal.

    PS: the Jefferson Valley pics were from a "rain shadow." Generally our snowline has moved up to c. 5,000 feet though. Butte's at c. 6,000 so spring might come any week now!

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  15. so sorry to her about that...good thing the fire was managed by the fire bureau...visiting from My World...

    would you mind visiting my entry
    http://lovingoutliving.blogspot.com/2011/04/antulang-beach-resort.html

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  16. I'm so glad they got it out. I am from Indiana and caught my back yard on fire a few weeks ago. :-(

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  17. I won't tell you what I will do with the idiots if I catch them.

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  18. Wild fire sounds so scary! You must have very brave fire fighters in your area. I hope you get some rain soon!

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  19. We don't need perfect photos to understand the meaning, Al!!!

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  20. Wow, that must have made for a brisk start to the working day.

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