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Wildfire 8/29/18

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Offline RichardM

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Wildfire 8/29/18
« on: August 29, 2018, 05:02:45 PM »
5 hours ago: “FIRE UPDATE: there is a 40 acre (estimated) wildland fire burning south of Sotol Vista. The Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive has been closed at Homer Wilson Ranch and the Lower Burro Mesa Pouroff. Visitors can still access Castolon and Santa Elena Canyon via the Old Maverick Road, and can expect to see smoke in western areas of the park. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to maintain public safety during this wildland fire.”

https://bigbendgazette.com/2018/08/29/wildfire-big-bend-national-park/ added this line:
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Earlier today a retired national park ranger told the Gazette he could see the fire last night from his home in Terlingua using binoculars.

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Offline rocketman

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Re: Wildfire 8/29/18
« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2018, 07:34:57 PM »
One must wonder if he reported it or left it for someone else.
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Re: Wildfire 8/29/18
« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2018, 09:19:31 PM »
Thanks for heads-ups on stories like this.  I love the Bend and fires threaten what I love.  No local news covers this kind of thing.
Leave "quit" at the car.  Embrace the trail as your friend.  Expect to enjoy yourself, and to be amazed.

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Offline presidio

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Re: Wildfire 8/29/18
« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2018, 10:02:06 PM »
Thanks for heads-ups on stories like this.  I love the Bend and fires threaten what I love.  No local news covers this kind of thing.

As long as a fire is a natural start, it does not threaten anything (other than perhaps infrastructure). It is a natural part of the environment.

However, due to decades of unwise fire management (read immediate and full suppression), the effects certainly are far more impactful than had natural processes been allowed to occur. The only way to fix that is to restore natural burn cycles.
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Offline Talusman

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Re: Wildfire 8/29/18
« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2018, 07:51:08 AM »
FYI, one of our members was there to report this fire early on. Homer Wilson sent Lance and I a text with a picture of the early blaze and smoke, noting his first wildfire reporting while he was out there.
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Offline Homer Wilson

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Re: Wildfire 8/29/18
« Reply #5 on: August 30, 2018, 09:23:32 AM »
It was a small fire when I reported it Tuesday - could just see some smoke from the road. Pulled into sotol vista to get cell service and could see a fairly small patch burning about a half mile off ross Maxwell. About mid way between goat mountain and carousel mountain. It had been storming in the area that day, and I assume it was a lightning strike

Yesterday I was up on the ward mountain ridge, and I could smell it. The fire had spread a lot. Looked like it was up to sotol vista and getting close to homer Wilson. It had also crossed the road and looked like it was moving towards burro mesa. It was very windy yesterday too.

A rain cloud formed on the west side of the park and looked like it was moving that way, but it unfortunately dissipated before it got to the burning areas.

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Offline Flash

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Re: Wildfire 8/29/18
« Reply #6 on: August 30, 2018, 09:30:32 AM »
Thanks for the update, HW. So far little mention anywhere else...

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Offline GaryF

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Re: Wildfire 8/29/18
« Reply #7 on: August 30, 2018, 08:10:38 PM »
500 acres as of a few hours ago.

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Offline dprather

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Re: Wildfire 8/29/18
« Reply #8 on: August 30, 2018, 11:38:33 PM »
Thanks!
Leave "quit" at the car.  Embrace the trail as your friend.  Expect to enjoy yourself, and to be amazed.

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Offline Hookim

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Re: Wildfire 8/29/18
« Reply #9 on: August 31, 2018, 03:34:28 PM »
Full update from 24 hrs ago:
FIRE UPDATE: the fire near Sotol Vista has grown to an estimated 500 acres. Crews were able to successfully defend the road edge by using backfiring techniques, which confined the fire to the area between the Blue Creek wash and the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive. Crews will be doing fuels reduction around the Homer Wilson Ranch house. The road has reopened, but Sotol Vista Overlook remains closed. The park cautions visitors against driving through smoke, when present.

Los Diablos are working along with park staff, and engine crews from Gila, NM and Sholo, AZ.

It was a lightning started fire.

Can't find anything more current...

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Offline iCe

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Re: Wildfire 8/29/18
« Reply #10 on: August 31, 2018, 03:40:36 PM »
Fire brings new life but I never like hearing about it.

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Offline dprather

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Re: Wildfire 8/29/18
« Reply #11 on: August 31, 2018, 07:16:35 PM »
nature does not abide by our aesthetic does it?
Leave "quit" at the car.  Embrace the trail as your friend.  Expect to enjoy yourself, and to be amazed.

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Offline iCe

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Re: Wildfire 8/29/18
« Reply #12 on: August 31, 2018, 07:21:28 PM »
It sure doesn't. The Carr fire proved that and then some.

 


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