Posted by: notsofancynancy | June 2, 2013

Powerhouse Wildfire Southern California

Not what it seems this is smoke from the Powerhouse Fire that winds have pused into the high desert

Not what it seems this is smoke from the Powerhouse Fire that winds have pushed into the high desert

It is wildfire season in Southern California. I happens every year and you just never get use to it. The Powerhouse fire is burning above Santa Clarita which is located about 81 miles southwest of me has now burned 3600 acres. 900 firefighters are working to douse the massive flames which are located in a remote mountain chain between here and there. It always amazes me because it is so hot and working under the extreme conditions I cannot imagine having to wear the full gear they sport for any length of time let alone all day. A big Thank you goes out to each and everyone of them. This fire is only 15% contained and with the winds and hot weather they have their work cut out for them.

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  1. They do the most incredible job. I too couldn’t imagine wearing the kit let alone working in it all day. Good luck to them.

  2. I wish I could send you all the rain we’re having. Stay safe and hopefully all those hard working emergency responders too.

    • Thanks… the wind has picked up…. not good… is now up to 19,500 acres and approaching the towns on this side of the mountains. Darn wildfires

      • OH NO, I’m sorry to hear. Good Grief, there’s no end to the wrath of nature this week. Or in the case of fires, usually human carelessness enhanced by mother nature. We just came off a fire ban, but I know there are still people who ignore it, I used to get really annoyed at the lake with neighbours taking chances. Hoping for the big turnaround for you and your community real soon Nancy. Take Care.

      • Thanks we are safe here! we have quite a ways for it to burn before it gets here. Thank goodness!

  3. We saw the fire last week at night while flying from Ontario to Reno. It was relatively small then, but seeing a wildfire from the air is new for me, and we reported it to air traffic control. They already were already aware of it. It was in an extremely isolated area of steep mountains. Quite a pall, there in your photo.

    • Wow it was amazing to see it from the air. Today the wind is blowing pretty hard up here so no smoke today.

      • Yes but it was pretty small at the time–there was a strong, high flaming fire line on one ridge, and lower bright spots around the perimeter, which were still confined in one drainage area. The line that was spreading and flaming high looked like it was about to top that ridge and start into another drainage. We flew directly over it, and ran into some bumps, which could have come from the convection from the heat. It was bright and easy to see a hundred miles away. I hope I don’t see too many more of these fires.

      • What an experience! Thanks for sharing it. I imagine it is something not soon forgotten.

  4. You get some terrible fires there! We do in Oz too – they can be incredibly scary phenomena.

    • We have a whole season for fire. It is always scary!


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