Big Bend Conservancy
6/25/18Some small fires today, both caused by storms this one burned out. I was mainly concerned about park fireman that went to check it out. I was concerned he would not be able to get back to truck because of steep slope, but he was OK. It looks like rain frequently, but this is a very dry summer so far. Fire was just below "Sotol Vista"
6/25/18Second fire, this was about one mile south first fire, above"Burrow Mesa Pour Off". It was still burning at sunset but doubt it will cause any significant damage. Will post photo's of storm that caused fire in next few days.
6/26/18The Fire has grown much larger, the smoke is clearly visible from Terlingua, and now stretches several miles across Burro Mesa. The park is going to let it burn for now, it is just to remote to get to and someone probably would get hurt, either in the terrain, or because it has been over 110 just about every day. To me the forces of nature are some of the most beautiful, this was such a majestic sight. If you enlarge you can see some flames, the wind was blowing about 30 miles per/hr. The fire is blocked by the paved road to the east. In some places it is only 50 or so feet from the road. 6 AM update wind has changed direction fire seems to be almost completely out.
6/27/18This fire was a monster at 10:30 last night, when the park service left at 9 PM it was a baby, but the winds picked to 40 or 50 miles per hour and it turned into this monster. You can see the embers coming down slope and looked like it was going to jump the road on the way to the Chisos. I was quite concerned at this point. But the wind again changed direction and in a few hours it had gone. This photo is of about a quarter or a mile section. The fire continued like this for up to five miles, the whole sky was lit up The park really was quite lucky. The slope you are looking at is probably 500 feet high, the fire in on back side of slope , so you are just looking at the reflected surface of fire, but its over 100 feet above top of ridge line anyway.
if you ever been up on top of Burro Mesa, you'll realize that the amount of fuel is pretty minimal, especially north towards and above Sam Nail.The fire will burn, the rains will come, the grass will grow.
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