Looking down on town (1/7)

This is a view of a section of the fire as viewed from above our little town and the valley. Although obscured by smoke, some of the flames in this picture reach 150 feet off the ground as large, formerly healthy fir trees and pine trees burst into flames like candles. Individual trees were being entirely engulfed in flame within two or three seconds.

The view is facing west and the distance from the fire to the town is about 3 miles in this image. What isn’t as apparent is that the fire actually extends out of the frame both to the right (to the north) and to the left (to the south). In fact, this was just a ‘tongue’ of the fire.

My home is located just out of the frame in the right center of this image.

Written by Rex Trulove