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photoblog image The burn....

The burn....

                    We have regular 'red flag warnings' here in Flagstaff and surrounding areas, which are usually issued when its hot and windy.  Which means no open fires, or shooting. It still doesn't stop idiots starting fires, though. Lots of forest areas are closed due to the risk. The lack of rain is a big problem. On our recent road trip, we visited Durango in Colorado. There was a huge wildfire just a couple of miles outside town - everywhere was smoky, and ash covered. The Durango & Silverton railroad was not running due too it. Homes had been evacuated and others were under evacuation orders. Whilst we were there, there were over a thousand firefighters trying to stop it. Presently they are trying to maintain it with 500.... It's a very sad situation... and fire season has only just begun.....Below is the view as we arrived in the evening two weeks ago.

 

photoblog image DSC06084.jpg

The burn....

                    We have regular 'red flag warnings' here in Flagstaff and surrounding areas, which are usually issued when its hot and windy.  Which means no open fires, or shooting. It still doesn't stop idiots starting fires, though. Lots of forest areas are closed due to the risk. The lack of rain is a big problem. On our recent road trip, we visited Durango in Colorado. There was a huge wildfire just a couple of miles outside town - everywhere was smoky, and ash covered. The Durango & Silverton railroad was not running due too it. Homes had been evacuated and others were under evacuation orders. Whilst we were there, there were over a thousand firefighters trying to stop it. Presently they are trying to maintain it with 500.... It's a very sad situation... and fire season has only just begun.....Below is the view as we arrived in the evening two weeks ago.

 

photoblog image DSC06084.jpg

comments (15)

  • Bonnie
  • United States
  • 26 Jun 2018, 01:30
That's an amazing shot....so sad! But the composition is extraordinary. I like the triangles, the complementary colors, the soft focus...but scary as hell.
Frank L Croston.: i hope I haven't mislead you, Bonnie. The top pic' is a mix of two photo's, but from what I've seen its pretty representative. The house we should have stayed in was just further down the road. Due to the incompetence of ORBITZ we didn't have a booking, it turned out for the best ( no thanks to ORBITZ) the house was surrounded by smoke and ash, the people who were staying there said it was very unpleasant.
Dramatic photos. Stupidity should hurt.
Frank L Croston.: Thank you, Larry. Indeed it should.
  • Martine
  • France
  • 26 Jun 2018, 03:53
Tous ces feux, c'est triste pour la nature.
Frank L Croston.: Also for people, Martine, the costs are tremendous.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 26 Jun 2018, 06:11
How horrific for the people who live here, and for the natural world. I hope you don't have problems like this in the Flagstaff area. How long have you been without rain?
Frank L Croston.: Yes indeed, Elisabeth, we have had a couple of fires, but nothing major like this. It's months now, and we had very little snow in the winter, there is a possibility of some in the next few weeks.
  • Alan
  • Lacoste, Provence.
  • 26 Jun 2018, 06:38
It’s a very dramatic scene but so sad for the residents and businesses affected. My trip to Oregon last year was blighted by similar idiots setting fires in the Columbia River George areas.
Frank L Croston.: I remember that, Alan. Unfortunately they think the fire outside Durango was caused by a spark from one of the steam engines...The railroad is closed at the moment due to the fire, I read they are going to use diesel engines when its safe to run the trains again.
  • Astrid
  • Nederland
  • 26 Jun 2018, 06:42
This is tragic and cannot even be put into words. Health hazards all over and then nature does not get time to recover. Dramatic pictures, Frank.
My brother lives on Vancouver island and sometimes with a big fire on the mainland and the wind is towards him, he "feels it in the throat" and that is miles away... so how must it feel when you are in the middle? And those firefighters. Respect rowards them.
Frank L Croston.: Its a great shame, Astrid, I have great respect for the fire fighters.
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 26 Jun 2018, 07:27
Yes it's a bad situation Frank
Frank L Croston.: Its scary when you experience it, Chris.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 26 Jun 2018, 07:49
That looks incredible and terrifying Frank. I’m glad we don’t have problems like this...yet.
Frank L Croston.: Well the U.K. doesn't have forests the same I suppose, or the dry weather, but I notice there are some moorland fires in Lancashire.
It must be terrifying. Sadly there is never a shortage of stupid people
Frank L Croston.: Morons abound wherever, Bill. We could do with some Darwinism...
Wouah...impressionnant !!!
Oui il y a toujours des personnes inconscientes !!
Frank L Croston.: Thanks, Claudine, indeed there are!
I can imagine there are times when you both, and your neighbours and friends, feel very unsure about whether some of these fires might spread in your direction.
Frank L Croston.: It is worrying, Brian, we are surrounded by forest.
because my 1/2 acre is a natural forest with my house carved into it FIRE is one of my fears.
Frank L Croston.: I bet it is, Alan.
Hard to imagine the carelessness of humans toward the natural world, Frank, but there you have it.
Frank L Croston.: Very true, Beverley.
A very dangerous situation with all those lives at risk trying to contain the flames.
Frank L Croston.: Indeed, Martin.
Very cool processing, Frank. I experienced forest fires as a kid then again in Australia. Not good.
Frank L Croston.: Thanks, Mary. I've seen them here, and now there are moorland fires back in the U.K. Not good indeed.

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