After nightfall (sorry about the camera shake; it was a 2 second exposure and a long telephoto lens, and I was too lazy to set up a tripod):
But this morning I walked up there and could not find any sign of a fire anywhere along the road to Ron's. The fire apparently was on a ridge further back and higher up than Ron's. So appearances can be deceiving if you don't check the view from 2 different spots, to triangulate the distance. Live and learn!
One possible factor in the higher number of out-of-control fires this spring might be the unusually low humidity readings lately. Many afternoons this spring have had relative humidity readings dip down into the 40% range, with several in the 30% range. Those 30's are all record-breakers in our 10-year database.
Also it has been windy; a bad combination with the dryness.
And we're going to have to handle these fires without help from the rains; I don't see much chance of significant rain anytime in the near future. Normally we have no rain in April and the first half of May, with a small chance building in late May.
Be careful if you live in the woods...
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