Red Sky at Night, Sailors Delight

Does that count for Red Suns as well? All this smoke in the area is really giving us some amazing sky phenomena. This is taken tonight, 9-24-2012 from White Salmon, WA. I did very little processing on any of these at this point.
I took a break from the Cascade Creek Fire today, to take care of my sister instead. Last night she had some heart troubles and had to visit the ER while I was up on the hill…so I did not go back up to the fire camp to sell calendars tonight.

the sale is over where I bought the calendars so for now i am not ordering more of those for now. There are still about 3 or 4 calendars left now, and eventually I will order more when I can get them cheaper. If you missed this round and wanted a calendar just contact me about getting your name on the list for next time.

Today I designed a new 8 1/2 x 11 inch Photobook using many of my fire images from Cascade Creek Fire. Tomorrow I should be able to pick those up and take them to the camp Tuesday night to sell.

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Update on the Cascade Creek Fire on Mount Adams

Update on the Cascade Creek Fire on Mount Adams.

This is Dorina, she makes the Fire T-Shirts, Hoodies and Beanies, and they are lovely, very popular among the firefighters!

this is the camp entrance, located in Hollenbeck Park in Trout Lake, Washington

Update on the Cascade Creek Fire on Mount Adams

The fire took off again the last few days, and is now up to well over 11,500 acres with a new run to the Northwest along Stagman Ridge in a narrow finger of fire reaching around the west side of the Mountain. More information can be seen here on the  InciwebLink

UPDATE 9-23-2012: Now up to 13,727 acres, holding strong on the South and East boundaries and expanding to the Northwest along Stagman ridge, across Looking Glass Lake and another pretty lake with an island… and crawling down the slopes of the western foothills in the direction of Forest road 23. Containment still at 50%. Many of the crews are ending their 14 day rotations and heading out this weekend, with new crews coming in to take over Monday.

I have been busy making fire calendars and cards and selling them at the Fire camp, and having wonderful interesting conversations with some of these amazing men and women of all ages who work incredibly hard long hours out on the lines, and driving watertrucks and supply drops, and managing resources. I have a great deal of respect for them!

The calendar is a 2013 spriral bound calendar with many images from this collection or the previous post, and the calendar costs $25.00. I can ship them for an extra $6.00 and can take payments via check or paypal or moneyorder. My email is starlisa.black@gmail.com
Prints are also available, as well as metal prints and there is a pricelist in a link in the sidebar.

Here are more photos of the fire and the views through smoke

Cascade Creek Fire on Mount Adams

September 8, 2012 while the Highway 141 fire near White Salmon was beginning to wind down, a Lightning storm swept through the area and started at least 40 wildfires in Washington and another large amount in Oregon.  Some of the fires were put out quickly, but others like the one on the south side of Mount Adams 9 miles out of Trout Lake continues to grow. Smoke fills the valley making it hard on locals with allergies and asthma. 

Most of this fire is in the Wilderness area, and much of what is burning is dead diseased trees that have accumulated in recent years creating a dangerous situation.  In reality the fire, while deadly to slower moving wildlife, will in the long run provide a much needed cleansing in the forests.  When we thought we were saving the trees by stopping all forest fires and cutting in our wildernesses, we actually created a tinderbox waiting to burn!   In the natural scheme of things, fires caused by lightning provided an important function in the Wilderness, clearing out diseases and pests, opening up space for new growth, and in the case of Lodgepole Pine providing the catalyst needed to open the cones and prepare the seeds for growing.  Sadly, at this point things have gone too far and now a fire causes a great deal more harm on the way to creating good!

In any case, We have an awesome crew of Fire personnel at work in Trout Lake and the forest hard at work in containing the fire and keeping Trout Lake Valley safe.  I slept in my tent near the airfield for a couple days at my brother Roger’s place, and the sound of the helicopters coming and going was actually comforting, knowing they were working to protect us. 

 

This first image was on the first evening of the fire, in Trout Lake at the School.

 

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The inciweb site below is updated daily, and an afternoon update today had some good news about the cars trapped by the fire.  Unfortunately a few days ago 2 of the cars left at Morrison Creek camp were torched… another one had melted paint and such and a 4th was untouched. 

todays update in part:

“1700 Hr Update: 10 cars were brought down from the South Climb trailhead to a safety zone where they will not be burned. Increased fire activity prevented moving them all the way down. Chances are good that they can be brought down to base camp tomorrow. The fire was active today, but no major runs.

 

FIRE STATUS & RESOURCES

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Acres Burned: 6,467

Cause: Lightning

Containment: 4%

Total Personnel: 578

Serious Injuries: None

Crews: 17

Engines: 7

Dozers: 6

Water Tenders: 14

Helicopters: 5″

Inciweb Link 

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White Salmon Wildfire

Early afternoon on September 5, 2012, We were seeing the plume of smoke from the Highway 141 Fire just north of town, looking like it was coming our way. By this time it was estimated to be over 120 acres, and by the next day it was up to 2000 acres. Two helicopters and two fire airplanes dropping water and fire retardant worked till dark trying to slow down the blaze that was crowning treetops and racing up dry grass slopes. They began again on the 6th working hard all day along with over 400 firefighters on the ground. Crews came from many far flung fire stations like Gray’s Harbor, Kennewick, Clark, and Cowlitz Counties, for a few examples. By dark on Sept. 6 it was considered only 10% contained, and hot spots were flaring up with wind changes from the east and decreasing humidity throughout the day. My own brother Boyce Black’s home was being protected by 3 of his sons, Justin, Boyce, and Dwayne; and one daughter Monica Yates, with their spouses and some friends, as they worked all day digging and scraping firelines around hot spots heading their way. The firefighters were busy elsewhere by this time, although they had been there the night before, late into the night. Some, like Monica, got blisters on hands and feet working those firelines. ON the 7th the fire crews showed up and made a 6 foot fireline protecting the house with bulldozers.

Sept,2012 Starlisa Black
— in White Salmon.

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