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Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Aug 20, 2013 - 02:28pm PT
i think the spirits want YOS park backfired this year. They seem angry.
Bruce Morris

Social climber
Belmont, California
Aug 20, 2013 - 02:59pm PT
Was stopped at the Crane Flat entrance last night trying to return to the Bay via US 120. Had to go back on 140 through Mariposa to Merced:

http://www.calaverasenterprise.com/news/article_67b30826-087e-11e3-b6f3-0019bb2963f4.html

Lots of ashes falling down mixed with rain. Lots of strange, powerful winds blowing about in the Merced River Canyon. Pretty big fire. Started smelling it up at Tioga Pass a couple nights back.
Ward Trotter

Trad climber
Aug 20, 2013 - 03:47pm PT
The most recent update of the Rim Fire.
This thing is taking off and has been picking up in a more easterly direction

Credit: Ward Trotter
QITNL

climber
Aug 20, 2013 - 04:39pm PT
Crane Flat Webcam:
http://rockyags.cr.usgs.gov/cgi-bin/camHist_movie.pl?date=20130820&camera=1_mobile_ynp_1&lastFrame=true

News:
http://wlfhotlist.com/threads/36507-CA-STF-Rim

Discussion:
http://wlfhotlist.com/threads/36502-CA-STF-Rim-Q-amp-D

Map:
http://wildlandfire.maps.arcgis.com/apps/OnePane/basicviewer/index.html?appid=63f7b29d4cf94516aa43bef90c27ae51
khanom

Trad climber
Greeley Hill
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 20, 2013 - 05:05pm PT
It may be trending SE, but they are now evacuating residents on Clements Rd, which is right near the Pine Mountain Lake Airport and considerably NW of where the perimeter is indicated.

We've had spotter planes circling, and just had a C130 (?) line up right over our place for a drop. Judging from the angle (aka wild guess) they are hitting the area along Ferretti Rd.

Can't see much from here, 'ceptin this:

Maybe cedar siding wasn't such a bright idea...
Maybe cedar siding wasn't such a bright idea...
Credit: khanom


It's frustrating getting incomplete info, and I have half a mind to drive up to some place where we can see what's really going on. We aren't really concerned unless it crosses Smith Station Rd, but from the speed of this thing that's only a wind shift away.


Edit: Can anyone confirm if this has crossed to the west side of Ferretti Rd?
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Aug 20, 2013 - 05:10pm PT
Godspeed, Khanom.

Keeping the fickle fingers crossed it doesn't get to SSR.
khanom

Trad climber
Greeley Hill
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 20, 2013 - 05:24pm PT
We're going to need a little luck.

The "blow up" I witnessed from here was apparently Pilot Ridge going poof, and there is one report the winds have shifted to the west.

They only update the perimeter info about once a day -- the latest is from 5pm last night. I'm still assuming we are going to be safe, but then I thought that of my friend's place on Ferretti.
QITNL

climber
Aug 20, 2013 - 05:53pm PT
Hey khanom - check out the map I linked above. It's kept fairly up to date. The perimeter is still east of Ferretti, but it's getting close, looks like a few hotspots are heating up. Current screenshot:

Credit: QITNL

The ranger station complex and town of Buck Meadows are hanging on the edge. Wishing you the best of luck.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Aug 20, 2013 - 05:54pm PT
Jeff and Denise live out further than you do by lots. Denise's house, though, is just off Feffetti.

Check in with you tomorrow.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Aug 20, 2013 - 05:55pm PT
anyone with 100 to 200' of clear defensible land around the home will more than likely be saved in any event.
Ward Trotter

Trad climber
Aug 20, 2013 - 06:23pm PT
The 3 pm update.
This thing is still spreading primarily east and southeast.
The separation of the hot zones seems to indicate there are a lot of wind blown embers traveling east and southeast.
In the last few hours this fire seems to have spread out somewhat but has not gotten worse in intensity overall.
Good luck to the firefighters.And to local residents.
Credit: Ward Trotter


khanom

Trad climber
Greeley Hill
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 20, 2013 - 06:37pm PT
QITNL, please don't assume that I'm incapable of using the internets.

I have three different interfaces to that data open on my computer at all times. None of the data is less than 4 hours old, which may seem almost real time until you look behind your house and see it go from one huge column of smoke to four huge columns in the space of two hours.

In any case it's largely irrelevant what is happening right now as obviously we are doing fire prep and working hard to get the house and our belongings ready. There is a very good chance we are fine, but you just never know. Around here structure defense happens in Pine Mountain Lake and us plebes are left on our own. All it takes is one ember.
Strider

Trad climber
ಠ_ಠ
Aug 20, 2013 - 06:39pm PT
Ward, which website are you going to for that map? It is actually the most updated map I have seen. The Inciweb map is old as is the willandfire.maps.arcgis map.

So far things around here are OK. I live at the Evergreen Lodge and while there is a little bit of smoke in the air, we are not evacuated and I think it is unlikely the fire will make it this far. Regardless, we are prepared to evacuate at a moments notice. San Jose Camp, Camp Tawonga and Camp Mather are currently evacuated.

Let's see how this goes. Good luck on your end Eric.

-Nick
khanom

Trad climber
Greeley Hill
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 20, 2013 - 06:42pm PT
Nick, I've been thinking of you guys and hoping for the best.

There are numerous interfaces to the data, I find the one at ESRI to be easy to use.

There's also one here:

http://wildlandfire.maps.arcgis.com/apps/OnePane/basicviewer/index.html?appid=63f7b29d4cf94516aa43bef90c27ae51
QITNL

climber
Aug 20, 2013 - 06:48pm PT
Sorry, khanom - no offense intended. Just trying to be helpful. Last night all the info I had was "Tioga Road Closed" written in Sharpie on an 8x11 piece of paper. I don't own any property near there but I'm bummed, I really like that area.
khanom

Trad climber
Greeley Hill
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 20, 2013 - 06:52pm PT
I apologize. I'm antsy. We are 5.4 miles from the western perimeter. If it swings around southwest as some are speculating it's already doing, we could easily have a problem.


Edit: Nick, I just read evac is "advised" for Evergreen.
Ward Trotter

Trad climber
Aug 20, 2013 - 06:55pm PT
Ward, which website are you going to for that map?

To get the data I have posted you must have Google Earth.
Although the Active Fire Mapping program can provide data in several ways.

Go to: http://activefiremaps.fs.fed.us/

On menu at left choose " Fire Data in Google Earth"

Once at that site go down to " AFM KML Bundle" click on" current"

If you have Google Earth these links will allow you to access fire data gathered from the MODIS satellites
http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov/about/

I'll get off the thread and allow you locals guys to communicate.
Good luck and stay safe.
Watch for wind blown embers.

WBraun

climber
Aug 20, 2013 - 07:06pm PT
Best wishes khanom.

I know your area very well.

I drove by your house a couple of months ago and was tempted to steal a carrot from your field :-)

Anyways I really hope this fire does not go near your area.

I have friends who live there too .....



Mungeclimber

Trad climber
Nothing creative to say
Aug 20, 2013 - 07:12pm PT
Nick, just texted you. Was hoping to ask you how bad the smoke is over the res and NE of you. Glad it doesn't seem like it will go your way.
Impaler

Social climber
Berkeley
Aug 20, 2013 - 07:13pm PT
Saw this thing starting on Sunday evening while driving back home from Bridgeport. It was already night. Closest thing that I've seen to Mordor in my life. Glad that we got through before the road was closed. Good luck to those near it.
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