Wildfire in Patagonia, house nearly lost....random pics.

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donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Topic Author's Original Post - Feb 21, 2014 - 12:07pm PT
Fire on horizon, not too worried.
Fire on horizon, not too worried.
Credit: donini
Neighbors helping, more worried.
Neighbors helping, more worried.
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First day battle, we think we're winning.
First day battle, we think we're winning.
Credit: donini
Night coming and fire nearest house seems subdued.
Night coming and fire nearest house seems subdued.
Credit: donini
Fire still burning on hillside above house.
Fire still burning on hillside above house.
Credit: donini
Things go to hell on second day and the fire is fast approaching by ni...
Things go to hell on second day and the fire is fast approaching by nightfall.
Credit: donini
Credit: donini
Brush and trees cleared and house wetted down.
Brush and trees cleared and house wetted down.
Credit: donini
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Bomberos on scene, we fight the fire thru the night.
Bomberos on scene, we fight the fire thru the night.
Credit: donini
Phew!!! Close call, the fire nearly surrounded the house and came with...
Phew!!! Close call, the fire nearly surrounded the house and came within 25 feet. Still can't move home as army and bomberos put out hotspots and fight the fire now over the hill.
Credit: donini
locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Feb 21, 2014 - 12:13pm PT


Glad for you man, that your pad didn't fry...


;-)

Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Feb 21, 2014 - 12:15pm PT
Scary situation that could easily have had a worse ending...
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Feb 21, 2014 - 12:16pm PT
Now that must have been terrifying.

Glad to hear that you survived, and that your house is still there.
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Feb 21, 2014 - 12:16pm PT
Havin fun yet Jim? LOL
was expectin a climbin or even fishin report.
Glad the fire missed your place!!!
Do you know what sparked it?
Tad
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Feb 21, 2014 - 12:28pm PT
Wow Jim, glad you and Angela are OK.

Remember Sawmill Bench on the final morning?

Sorry to see the impact on your scenery, but at least now you will enjoy some further protection with so many fuels gone.
Get out there and reseed. In a few years it'll be beautiful.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
Feb 21, 2014 - 12:28pm PT
NICE protection job there JD!

And letting a creeping burn around the house was a help. Increases the "black".
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 21, 2014 - 12:29pm PT
Never a dull moment.....good climbing, firefighting and fishing.....what next?
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Feb 21, 2014 - 12:34pm PT
Wait a minute---No Wildfires Allowed in Paradise!!!

So glad that you were there to respond and that it missed your house. YIKES!
HighTraverse

Trad climber
Bay Area
Feb 21, 2014 - 12:42pm PT
Glad to hear you, Angela and your house are OK. Lucky you were there to help the defense. Must've been a long night.
You ask "What's next?"
Some R&R, a whiskey or two and creating some more defensible space.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
Feb 21, 2014 - 12:45pm PT
JD if i get the wildlands fuels manager job with carson fire, id be happy to consult you on defensible space, fuels, and flame lengths expected. ;-)
Bruce Kay

Gym climber
BC
Feb 21, 2014 - 12:47pm PT
yowza! Thats one reason I moved out of Whistler.

Of course, now I'm in a flood plain.

Hey at least all the fuels gone now?
Jim Clipper

climber
from: forests to tree farms
Feb 21, 2014 - 12:49pm PT
Watch out for ash flows in the spring. Maybe scout some boulders too. A bivy by the water might be nice under certain conditions. Looking around might show you what happened in the past, and may occur in the future.

edit:

You may end up with a seasonal stream.
kaholatingtong

Trad climber
Nevada City
Feb 21, 2014 - 12:50pm PT
always an adventure, eh?
scuffy b

climber
heading slowly NNW
Feb 21, 2014 - 12:52pm PT
Glad for the outcome, Jim. At first glance it looked like Jstan shoveling on your fire line.
Peter Haan

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, CA
Feb 21, 2014 - 12:54pm PT
Wow, J-Do. This thread certainly got my attention first thing. Gripping even for us 6-7,000 miles away. Firefighting is such a panic; worse than laying concrete! Glad you, yours, and the property are okay.
Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Feb 21, 2014 - 12:57pm PT
Jim: WOW! Glad you saved the house----and yourselves. Looks like that nearby trout-stream got toasted though.

Is Ruth's place OK?
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
Feb 21, 2014 - 01:01pm PT
Tools to have handy: full length shovels and PULASKIS and a combi-tool or two....
Bldrjac

Ice climber
Boulder
Feb 21, 2014 - 02:08pm PT
Wow you guys!!! Sooooo glad you were spared.......whew! Thanks for posting up the pictures Jim......really exciting!
cheers,
Pam
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Feb 21, 2014 - 02:11pm PT

Wow! So glad your place was saved, Jim, and no injuries.
Be careful!
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