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August 18 2016 @ 12:15 pm
7 Pictures from the Blue Cut Fire  
My best friend has told me, so far, they aren't going to be evacuated but should the fire advance in their direction at all they will be leaving. Thankfully, the fire has turned west of them and winds are blowing in that directions which keeps the fire moving that way. The sad part is that it is advancing on a highly populated area. It would be nice if the fire would reverse a bit and burn back on itself which would make it extremely difficult for the fire to advance.

Yesterday night the fire was downgraded from 30,000 acres to 25,626 acres and gained a 4% containment. This morning it was reported to be 31,689 acres and still at 4% containment. Overnight fires tend to gain more ground because it is nearly impossible for helicopters to see where they will pick up water and exactly where it needs to be dropped despite the glow of the fire. However, the first night of this fire it grew approximately 10,000+ acres but last night it was only 6,000. This is progress. Hopefully they will gain more containment and the weather will aid them.

The worst thing about this, for me, was reading somewhere online that the Southern California fire season hasn't started. See in Southern California the fire season is usually later and more into fall when the Santa Ana winds kick up. So all the dryness from summer added with massive winds make a spark and inferno in no time. This is a rather scary thought considering SoCal has experienced several large fires already. My only hope is there will be enough burned already to prevent much from burning later... though California is huge so it is unlikely.

I wish this drought would end and we'd get a good downpour of rain.

I wanted to share these pictures with you from down by my best friends. It amazes me that I've been to some of these places and all I can do is pray for the residents there. These pictures are beautiful and terrifying all at once.

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Embers from a wildfire smolder along Lytle Creek Road near Keenbrook, CA

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Vehicles and structures burn near Highway 138 as the Blue Cut Fire rages through San Bernadino County.

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Firefighters battle the Blue Cut wildfire near Cajon Pass, north of San Bernardino, CA
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A fire tornado forms near cars parked on a country road

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A house burning on a hill during the Blue Cut wildfire near Cajon Junction, CA

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A melted McDonals's signe and slight damage to the building

Firefighter battle a wildfire as it crosses Cajon Boulevard in Keenbrook, CA
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supernutjapansupernutjapan on August 19th, 2016 11:10 am (UTC)
That first picture is just beautiful but what devastation... :(
Jill aka Jo: Sherlock: SHsireesanwar on August 20th, 2016 12:33 am (UTC)
I love the first picture and yet it makes you think... what isn't an "active zone" so when the firefighters are doing clean up... they mean making sure this stuff is out and doesn't flare again.

I'm so glad there are people who want the job of being a firefighter because there is no way I would do that job.
Angelserenitysangel on August 19th, 2016 09:58 pm (UTC)
That first picture is beautiful, but so scary. That's nature for you all wrapped up. It can be both beautiful and terrifying at its worst.
Jill aka Jo: Movie: Pascal upsidedownsireesanwar on August 20th, 2016 12:34 am (UTC)
So true. I think the scariest thing about that picture is that it is where the fire already burned through. So it isn't as if the firefighters can ignore these "already burned" areas. Their jobs are so hard. I'm so glad there are people willing to do that job because it terrifies me.
Phoenixburned_phoenix on August 22nd, 2016 08:55 am (UTC)
wow, those are some powerful pictures! if you don't know what the first one is, what's going on, it looks so beautiful, and then you take a second look and think about it and it's so scary and painful.

Every year I find myself thinking how scary it has to be to live like that. It's so very different in different places. You hardly get rain and live with a reality of fire burning your lives away every year, there is nothing really comparable for that over here. We should feel more grateful for that.
Jill aka Jo: JtV: Shockedsireesanwar on August 25th, 2016 08:38 pm (UTC)
I thought so. I hear you. That first picture is the most amazing fire picture I've ever seen. It is hauntingly beautiful. Just goes to show you nature is beautiful in most forms.

Where I am it is more rare to have really bad wildfires but it happens every once in a while. It is so much worse years like last and this year because of the horrible drought.

But I'd rather live where I do because we don't get other natural disasters. We don't feel earthquakes 99% of the time here because all the faults are down by San Francisco. It would have to be really big to feel it here.
Phoenixburned_phoenix on August 30th, 2016 09:31 am (UTC)
It looks like fairy lights or city lights from afar, until you notice the fire in the foreground. Then you get the goose bumps

Jill aka Josireesanwar on September 9th, 2016 08:21 pm (UTC)
That is how I felt.
Kaylee Winchesterroguem on August 27th, 2016 01:15 pm (UTC)
The first picture is haunting.

I really hope they manage to get higher containment. It's such a scary situation.

Jill aka Josireesanwar on September 8th, 2016 05:04 pm (UTC)
They did and this fire is now contained... I said out before but that isn't true the majority of the time. It is contained and they are putting out embers.