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Friday, July 25, 2008

Air Quality Worst Yet

Ken Zigler, a strike team leader with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, stands on top of an overlook off of Westside Road near Shasta Dam Thursday afternoon while trying to get a view of hot spots still burning in the Motion Fire.


















Air quality is "very unhealthy" in Shasta County for the second day in a row. Smoke from the wildfires put the Air Quality Index at 250 early this afternoon. That is the highest average 24-hour smoke particle concentration yet measured at the monitor in Anderson, which has been running since 1999, said Ross Bell, Air Quality District Manager.

The Air Quality Index average this morning was 221. It was 226 Thursday afternoon, according to the Air Quality Management District. Any reading above 151 points on the Air Quality Index in considered unhealthy for everyone. Readings above 301 points rank as "hazardous."


Forestry Aide Nick Tadlock, with United States Forest Service of Rapid City, S. D., monitors a back burn along Dutch Creek Road Tuesday afternoon. The controlled burn was started in an effort to contain the Eagle Fire threatening residents in Junction City.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Helicopter Transport Service

I had to do an airport run last night and they had a couple of the big forest fighter copters on the tarmac. The helicopters come from Helicopter Transport Service. They can load 2,400 gallons of water or foam in 45 seconds. The Helitanker can hover and maneuver in tight areas, putting every load where it's needed most. Nothing in forest firefighting compares to the Sikorsky CH54B Helitanker.
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Refreshing Rain

Yesterday my route went as far North as Alturas and South to Madeline (40 miles south of Alturas) and taking a short cut across to Nubieber I hit a terrific summer shower. Lots of rain with very little lightning and thunder. (this is a good thing as the fires started by the lightning from the last storm are almost out)

Friday, July 18, 2008

The Bush Visit

President Bush arrives Thursday, July 17, 2008, at the Redding Municipal Airport in Redding, Calif., on Air Force One to get a first-hand look at the fire-ravaged parts of Northern California'€™s forests. Bush was joined by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sen. Dianne Feinstein and others for a helicopter trip to assess the damage. Bush is the first sitting president to visit the Redding area since John F. Kennedy dedicated Whiskeytown Dam in 1963.
































Redding Mayor Mary Stegall, right, shares a lighter moment with President Bush and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger after the president’s arrival Thursday at Redding Municipal Airport.


















Smokey the Bear Junior was rescued from the fire by a fireman,
read the story here:

'Smokey the Bear' junior rescued from California fires...

http://dalesdesigns.net/bearcub.htm

Thursday, July 17, 2008

President Bush Visits Redding.

President Bush waves today as he walks down the stairs from Air Force One at Redding Municipal Airport. Bush traveled to Northern California where he and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger toured by helicopter some of the fire-ravaged areas of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest.




















President Bush waves as he walks to a vehicle today at the Redding Municipal Airport in Redding.

























President Bush is accompanied by Gov. Schwarzenegger and Redding Mayor Mary Stegall at the Redding airport.



















President Bush and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger walk to a waiting vehicle after the arrival of Air Force One at Redding Municipal Airport today.

























President Bush today at the Redding Municipal
Airport.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Martin Mars Tanker is Back!

The Martin Mars water bomber is back at Shasta Lake's Bridge Bay Resort. The plane arrived at Shasta Lake around 2:00 p.m. this afternoon. The plane may be working on the "Motion Fire" later this afternoon.

















More pictures and a video of the action are here.

http://www.engravingdragon.com/MartinMarsFlyingTanker2.html


Just the video: Click Here

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Where's the Water?

Yesterday I had to make a run to Tulelake and you pass through the Lower Klamath Wildlife Refuge on highway 161. Yesterday the water was gone.
Here is a panorama shot made with autostitch from 3 photos.










Here is a picture of the refuge in May.



Friday, July 11, 2008

California Still Burning

Local photos from tonight on my way home.
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Here is a quick link to a google map of Northern California with the fires and more info available by clicking on the fire icon.

click the map below for the link:

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Rock Formations

On Monday my route extended past Alturas and half way to Cedarville in the Warner Mountains. This rock formation through which the road (299/395) was cut some time ago caught my eye. The sun was in a position for some good shots so I stopped to take some photos. It looks as if the rocks were stacked by hand on a red clay base.

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More Local Fires

The Moon Fire, as seen from Igo on Tuesday morning.
















A Black Hawk helicopter drops water on the Motion Fire near the Iron Mountain Mine on Tuesday.
























Firefighters wait to work the Moon Fire in Ono on Tuesday.















A California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection truck waits to drive around a wall of flames off of Rector Creek Road near Ono on Tuesday afternoon.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Now for some cooler news...

Mysterious California Glaciers Keep Growing Despite Warming






















MOUNT SHASTA, Calif. — Global warming is shrinking glaciers all over the world, but the seven tongues of ice creeping down Mount Shasta's flanks are a rare exception: They are the only known glaciers in the continental U.S. that are growing.

Reaching more than 14,000 feet above sea level, Mount Shasta is one of the state's tallest peaks, dominating the landscape of high plains and conifer forests in far Northern California.

Nearby Indian tribes referred to its glaciers as the footsteps made by the creator when he descended to Earth. Hikers flock to Shasta's peak every summer to scale them.
The Shasta glaciers have been advancing since the end of a drought in the early 20th century. The mountain's smallest glaciers — named Konwakiton, Watkins and Mud Creek — have more than doubled in length since 1950.

Hikers seeking to cross Shasta's glaciers — marked with crevasses as deep as 100 feet — say they are much larger than the boundaries drawn on geological maps.

More heat for the fire fighters

Now our weather is beginning to heat up even more which is very hard on people and especially our firefighters.

the national weather warning:

...EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 5 PM PDT
THURSDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SACRAMENTO HAS ISSUED AN
EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO
5 PM PDT THURSDAY FOR THE NORTHERN SACRAMENTO VALLEY AND
SURROUNDING FOOTHILLS ALONG WITH THE MOTHERLODE AND THE COASTAL
RANGE INCLUDING LAKE COUNTY.

NEAR RECORD TO RECORD TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED THROUGH THURSDAY.
HIGH TEMPERATURES THROUGH THURSDAY ARE FORECAST TO REACH BETWEEN
110 AND 116 DEGREES IN THE NORTHERN SACRAMENTO VALLEY AND SHASTA
LAKE AREA WITH UPPER 90S TO 110 IN THE FOOTHILLS AND ELEVATIONS
BELOW 5000 FEET. OVERNIGHT LOW TEMPERATURES WILL REMAIN VERY WARM
IN THE UPPER 70S TO 80S TONIGHT AND WEDNESDAY NIGHT. A GRADUAL
COOLING TREND IS EXPECTED FRIDAY INTO THE WEEKEND AS HIGH PRESSURE
OVER THE AREA WEAKENS.

AN EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING MEANS THAT A PROLONGED PERIOD OF
DANGEROUSLY HOT TEMPERATURES WILL OCCUR. DRINK PLENTY OF
NON ALCOHOLIC FLUIDS...STAY IN AN AIR-CONDITIONED ROOM...STAY OUT
OF THE SUN... AND CHECK UP ON RELATIVES AND NEIGHBORS...ESPECIALLY
THE ELDERLY.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

The Moon Complex Fire Near Ono, California.

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection crews of the Amador Eldorado Unit works on the Moon Complex near Ono off of Rainbow Lake Road on Tuesday, July 1, 2008.