Friday, August 19, 2016

Photos of Smoky Sunset during Chimney Fire

Where There's Fire, There's Smoke


Where there is smoke, it affects the view of the sky. In East Paso Robles this is  especially evident at sundown. I took this first photo from my porch tonight, thus the intrusion of the overhang. You can see how the smoke affects the color of the sky.


Photos of Smoky Sunset during Chimney Fire, Paso Robles, August 2016
Smoky Sunset from My Paso Robles Porch, © B. Radisavljevic 


The Chimney Fire started Saturday afternoon, and had burned almost 12,000 acres as of 7 AM this morning, when it was pronounced 33% contained.  Last night the air was so smoky we  had to shut the windows and use the air conditioning instead of outside air to cool the house. Even though we can see the smoke tonight, at least we can't smell it from where we are, so the windows are open again.

Photos of Smoky Sunset during Chimney Fire, Paso Robles, August 2016
Smoky Sunset in  Paso Robles during Chimney Fire, © B. Radisavljevic 


The Chimney Fire Spread Quickly


Forest fires get out of control quickly and can cover a lot of territory fast. This is especially true if it's hot and windy and there is much dry brush to feed the fire. Many get enough warning to prepare to evacuate and save their lives. They may not be able to save their homes.

My heart goes out to those who have lost their homes or had property damaged by this fire. Many of the California fires now burning were deliberately set. It makes me wonder why someone would want to hurt people this much and blacken our beautiful landscapes.

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If you live in hot dry area that is often subject to fire, it's good to be prepared to evacuate. Have your most precious possessions in one place easy to grab and flee. Most people caught in fires are overcome with smoke inhalation that prevents them from escaping. Whether it's a house fire or forest fire that threatens your family, you can prevent some inhalation tragedies by having some of these masks on hand for family members. The book will help you be ready for any emergency or disaster.



Photos of Smoky Sunset during Chimney Fire, Paso Roble, August 2016
Smoky Sunset in  Paso Robles during Chimney Fire, © B. Radisavljevic 

For those of you outside of the Paso Robles area, this fire did not start in a chimney. It got its name because it is near Chimney Rock near Lake Nacimiento. The entire North San Luis Obispo County and Monterey County area are very dry and fire danger is high everywhere. I pray for the safety of the firefighters and all those in the path of the many fires burning in the West right now.

Photos of Smoky Sunset during Chimney Fire, Paso Robles, August 2016
Feel free to pin this image. It's just the right size. 

Are any fires burning near you  tonight? Can you smell the smoke?