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BOISE, Idaho -
International wildfire crews could be called to help fight blazes in thebone-dry West as U.S. officials on
Wednesday boosted the nation's wildfire alert to its highest level.
"It's driven by a couple of things: The number of large fires we have, and also the fires are occurring in several
states and in several geographic areas," Randy Eardley, a spokesman for the National Interagency Fire Center here,
told The Associated Press. "The resources we have are being stretched thin."
This past winter was dry.
It was followed by a Spring that followed suit.
Then, the Heatwave. 2 weeks of extreme heat, with humidity in the single digits.
Now, The West is a giant tinderbox.
The matches were supplied by mother nature, in the form of Dry lightning storms.
These storms actually produce rain, but it evaporates before it hits the ground.
A phenomenon known as Virga
Here, in and around Northern Nevada we've had a series of spectacular fires.
South Lake Tahoe experienced The loss of over 200 homes.
The week after produced antother dozen or so blazes in less populated areas.
Including This one uncomfortably close to my own home.
This one, was out by the end of the day.
But on ethe same day, at approximately the same time, a different fire.
Just a mile or so away, sparked by the same lightning storm.
This one consumed 5000 acres, and is still smoldering a week later.
Here's how it looked that night
The whole sky was aglow, and it smelled like you were sitting on the wrong side of a campfire.
Just a couple of days ago, it happened again, closer to town.
However, there was no lightning this time. It appears this one is man-made.
Possibly by someone using a grinder on metal. (I think this guy might be in trouble)
This fire has consumed 3000 acres, and is threatening a neighborhood of more than 300 homes. It has recently been upgraded in status, and is being
managed by a Type-1 fire team. This is done in the case of the more dangerous and complicated fires.
The smoke is very thick, and the winds are very strong.
These are not Sunset photos.
The sky took on an eerie, ominous cast.
How about other members in the Western US, whats happening in YOUR area?
all photos by "spacedoubt"
[edit on 19-7-2007 by spacedoubt]