Sunday, September 19, 2010

Thought of the Day 2010 #206 - Fire, Fire, Fire!

This afternoon, while returning home from a little ghost town hunting, we noticed a few puffs of smoke in the Oquirrh mountains. Nothing major, but the wind was blowing HARD when we were a little south, so we kind of thought the fire might get pretty big, pretty fast.

At dinner, the sunshine was an erie yellow. The smoke which had been a long way from home had entered the valley.

Jump ahead a few more hours, the smoke is thick enough to block the sun's rays and the sunset was a brilliant red-orange.

We checked out the online news, and we found out that parts of a nearby suburb have been evacuated. So, like all good voyeurs, we got in the car and headed to the west side of the Salt Lake valley.

We drove far enough west to a view clear of smoke. The mountainside flames made it look like an active volcano. The fire was advancing to homes in several spots at least five miles apart. The strong winds even spread the fire from one mountain to another, across a fairly large valley. There's not much stopping a fire so widely spread and with strong winds as well as acres and acres of brittle brush and grass land.

Returning home tonight, there is talk of several homes destroyed. Who knows where this fire will end?