Fire on the desert morning mountains….

On the first morning of summer, 6-21-2020, at 0439 hours…a glow on the horizon that didn’t belong there.

I was heading north to go hiking in something like a desert riparian paradise…nine minutes into the trip, following the freeway north and then east…rounded the curve and saw the above view from afar…probably a couple dozen miles…

…smoke in the draw between the ridges…

…north of New River…north of North Phoenix…


…and disconcertingly beautiful…

Referred to as the Central Fire in local media…burning since the previous day.

22 responses

  1. I hope it didn’t do too much damage. And I hope it didn’t ruin your outing!

    July 4, 2020 at 3:03 pm

    • The final incident report provides that it burned just under 4,500 acres, Allen…and I’m not aware that it caused any damage to structures or took any human lives. And no, it didn’t ruin my outing! I was heading about 100 miles north of there…with a post to follow soon. 🙂

      July 11, 2020 at 6:46 pm

      • Wow, that’s a a huge fire!

        July 12, 2020 at 5:43 am

        • There was plenty of dry grass in the desert to help it spread…and then it’s windy in those hills, as well…so it was a good combination of not-so-good elements….

          July 12, 2020 at 8:04 am

  2. Oh dear. I don’t like to see wildfires.

    July 4, 2020 at 4:01 pm

    • I think this was the first time that I was close enough to actually see the flames of a wildfire…but have seen lots of smoke from them on many occasions in the past.

      July 11, 2020 at 6:47 pm

  3. Mike Hohmann

    Found myself and a few other backpackers near wildfires in Kings Canyon several yrs. ago -very scary!

    July 5, 2020 at 7:12 am

    • I can imagine that it was, Mike….

      July 11, 2020 at 6:48 pm

  4. I miss many things from Colorado and the West . . . but not that. Went through two major fires while there (Waldo Canyon and Black Forest) within a couple of years of each other and both were uncomfortably close.

    . . . of course, now I worry about tornadoes . . . and in Hawaii, worried about tsunamis and hurricanes.

    Sometimes I wonder about people who believe this world was made for us.

    July 5, 2020 at 11:54 am

    • I remember your posts from the wildfires in Colorado, Emilio…freaky, mesmerizing…and beautiful in their own way. And yes, you’ve had fires, tsunamis, volcanoes, and now tornadoes to worry about! Do you guys have a storm cellar in your home up there?

      Be careful you don’t wonder about those guys too much…you know that can give you an aneurysm, right? 😉

      July 11, 2020 at 6:51 pm

    • I keep an eye on that sort of thing . . . it’ll probably something way out from left field that will blindside me. I just hope it’s quick.

      July 11, 2020 at 9:19 pm

      • Be careful….

        July 12, 2020 at 8:01 am

      • As much as I can reasonably be. You do the same, will you?

        July 12, 2020 at 8:17 am

        • “As much as I can reasonably be,” yessir…. 🙂

          July 12, 2020 at 8:20 am

  5. Yes… know that feeling all too well of combined horror and beauty. Hope you’re staying safe and healthy, my friend! It’s shaping up to be a dry year here which leaves us all uneasy.

    July 5, 2020 at 10:31 pm

    • I know you do, Gunta…I hope you get some of that tropical weather up there to soak things before it gets too dry….

      And we’re staying safe and healthy down here…I hope you and your beloved do the same up there. 🙂

      July 11, 2020 at 6:53 pm

  6. I’m sorry it’s happening but it sure looks beautiful in your hands, Scott. I read that this one is 100% contained and being monitored, but of course, there are and will be others. With everything else that’s happening, you do NOT need a bad fire season on top of it. Keep safe, stay healthy, and keep making art, Scott. I’m thinking of you. 🙂

    July 8, 2020 at 4:02 pm

    • Yes, it was reported to be 100% contained by 7/1/20….and yes, there have been and will be others, of course. Thank you for your words and thoughts, Lynn…and you be safe and healthy, too. 🙂

      July 11, 2020 at 6:55 pm

  7. Wildfires are something, for sure. We have driven through 2 in the last several years. One was in the Yukon on our way back from Alaska in the motorhome and the 2nd was coming out of Key West in our topless/doorless Jeep. Didn’t care for it either time! Glad it didn’t ruin your hike.

    July 14, 2020 at 7:23 am

    • Not that it’s something that most people pursue, but I’ll bet there was something incontestably exciting about driving through those fires!

      August 8, 2020 at 8:12 am

  8. I am glad everything was okay for you. Wildfire photos have their own eerie sense of beauty. Thanks for sharing.

    August 7, 2020 at 10:06 am

    • And thank you for visiting, Geri. 🙂

      August 8, 2020 at 8:12 am

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