East Wall LL, burned?

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Charlie D.

Trad climber
Western Slope, Tahoe Sierra
Topic Author's Original Post - Sep 26, 2010 - 12:18pm PT
what happened yesterday, fire at the Leap?
mucci

Trad climber
The pitch of Bagalaar above you
Sep 26, 2010 - 09:46pm PT
Prolly some burners at the top out.


B um P?
Trad

Trad climber
northern CA
Sep 26, 2010 - 10:28pm PT
Late afternoon, my partner and I had just hiked down and were organizing at that intersection where Pony Express meets the 'feeder' trail to East Wall routes. There were maybe 6-8 other hikers and climbers hanging out and everything was pretty calm and relaxed when all-of-a-sudden someone yelled "FIRE!!!". Crackling sounds - roughly behind that large rock on the north side - and a tree was on fire! We grabbed our random pile of stuff and ran a few yards upwind for safety to cram everything into the packs, where I took this shot.

Seconds after the fire broke out
Seconds after the fire broke out
Credit: Trad Muenter

We and many other folks, I'm sure, ran back as fast as they could to report it. Huge thanks to all the fire personnel who jumped into action to control that fire so efficiently!

General location, from Lower Buttress:

Credit: Trad Muenter

Working on the fire...

Credit: Trad Muenter

I am still puzzled though, at how a fire could break out like that. It was too far off the trail for someone to have, say, tossed a cigarette. It was a warm afternoon. Can something like that happen spontaneously? There's a power line nearby. Could that be a factor? (I don't think this was too close to the Hogsback trail, either.)
Charlie D.

Trad climber
Western Slope, Tahoe Sierra
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 26, 2010 - 10:39pm PT
saw the aftermath today, I suspect the tenacious ground squrills may be cause. Anyway the fire crew was dosing the charred remains.
bmacd

Trad climber
100% Canadian, Certified Kook
Sep 26, 2010 - 10:42pm PT
The fire that burned thru the bluffs in Skaha years back, was started by the Penticton fire Chief's son.
mark miller

Social climber
Reno
Sep 26, 2010 - 10:52pm PT
And I thought it was Hot at the Pie Shop yesterday......
mucci

Trad climber
The pitch of Bagalaar above you
Sep 26, 2010 - 11:57pm PT
Wow!

Nice pix trad!


great work on acting swiftly and saving what little forrest there is there at the junction.

Cheers!

Mucci
Jay Wood

Trad climber
Fairfax, CA
Sep 27, 2010 - 12:59am PT
Burning the toilet paper?

the Fet

climber
Tu-Tok-A-Nu-La
Sep 27, 2010 - 01:29am PT
Those tenacious ground squrills are total pot heads.
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
sorry, just posting out loud.
Sep 27, 2010 - 02:36am PT
gnar
Friedo

Trad climber
South Lake Tahoe
Sep 27, 2010 - 11:45am PT
My partner and I had just finished East Crack (5.8) and walked back to the car at Slippery Ford. We were sitting by the river drinkin' a beer and having a snack when we saw the smoke. We decided to bail and drove up to the road and called 911. They were already in response mode. We saw a bunch of fire trucks, cops, and ambulances racing toward Strawberry on our way back to the Lake...Crazy!

LL Fire 9/25/2010
LL Fire 9/25/2010
Credit: Friedo
Footloose

Trad climber
Lake Tahoe
Sep 27, 2010 - 11:55am PT
Anybody know the cause of this yet?
Jerry Dodrill

climber
Sebastopol, CA
Sep 27, 2010 - 12:31pm PT
What Jay said

There were maybe 6-8 other hikers and climbers hanging out and everything was pretty calm and relaxed when all-of-a-sudden...

somebody left the group to take a dump? Sounds like it.
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