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Pilot Mtn on Fire!

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Saturday November 10, 2012

Pilot Mountain, NC (Current Weather Conditions)

Caption: A prescribed burn started Thursday, intended to clear brush and dead leaves from this state park, soon got out of control due to high winds and dry conditions that should have precluded the burn. By Saturday afternoon this is what the fire looked like from the park entrance. Smoke still blanketed the area by Saturday night.

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21. ChrisAnthemum
9:06 PM GMT on November 12, 2012
Thank you, Randall!
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20. Bluesmaster
7:55 PM GMT on November 12, 2012
Beautiful Kathy, bad fires but lovely to see just the same!
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19. ChrisAnthemum
7:09 PM GMT on November 12, 2012
No doubt you're right, okeedoky! Too bad they've both passed on to that great Mayberry in the sky. Thanks for commenting!
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18. okeedoky
4:32 PM GMT on November 12, 2012
this wouldnt have happened if yall still had Andy and Barney runnin the show.
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17. ChrisAnthemum
5:02 PM GMT on November 11, 2012
Thank you for taking a look, Julie and Gary! Photos of this fire have been on the front page of the Winston-Salem Journal both Saturday and Sunday.
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16. Railheel
12:49 PM GMT on November 11, 2012
This was on the local news here Kathy. We don't have many forest fires in these parts.
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15. WigglesMom
9:07 AM GMT on November 11, 2012
Beautiful in its own way, yes, but so ominous. Now, multiply this out-of-control, but still small, fire, by millions of acres, and you'll have a better idea of how so many in America's West feel when Forest Service "officials" get out the drip torches and start what often become, like this one, out-of-control conflagrations. Thank you for sharing! Julie in Ohio
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14. ChrisAnthemum
5:08 AM GMT on November 11, 2012
Thank you, Julie, pbcbb, and Don! Don, there is always a lot of updraft over this mountain, even under normal conditions, because of its shape. So add fire to that, and yes, I would expect a lot of turbulence!
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13. MNTornado
4:57 AM GMT on November 11, 2012
It's interesting to note that you caught the air turbulence above the fire as shown in the smoke just above the fire.
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12. pbcbb
4:17 AM GMT on November 11, 2012
I don't call them "weather guessers", I call them the "weather terrorists". They called it right about Sandy but the past early week's call, where Sandy visited before, was off base. Yes, the calls can be guesses.
Too bad about the fire. Scary.
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11. MTDisk
3:58 AM GMT on November 11, 2012
SO SAD!! I am happy I got to see your pics from a week or so ago Kathy!! But, Congrats on the VIP!! : ) That is awesome!!
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10. ChrisAnthemum
2:27 AM GMT on November 11, 2012
Thank you, Donna!
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9. catilac
2:25 AM GMT on November 11, 2012
Congrats on the VIP!
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8. ChrisAnthemum
2:25 AM GMT on November 11, 2012
Thank you, Eileen! I had been up there only about three weeks ago and had thought to visit the park again this week. Didn't happen. Park's closed now, until they get the fire out and the mess cleaned up.
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7. beanhead
2:20 AM GMT on November 11, 2012
Such a sad thing to see.
Great series!
VIP congrats!
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6. ChrisAnthemum
2:18 AM GMT on November 11, 2012
That's exactly right, Duane; now they have a real job on their hands, putting the fire out before more damage is done.
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5. RenoSoHill
2:14 AM GMT on November 11, 2012
It is amazing how many of the prescribed burns get out of control. Usually, if they had listed to the weatherguessers, they should not have proceeded with the plans.
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4. ChrisAnthemum
2:07 AM GMT on November 11, 2012
Thank you, Kim, Marijka, and Gil! Everyone is just sick to see the smoke, flames, and destruction, and everyone is asking how the decision was made to go ahead with this burn even though there were 20-30 MPH winds and no significant rain for weeks.

Thank you approvers for the VIP!
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3. gilg72
2:01 AM GMT on November 11, 2012
Wow! Those prescribed burns are scary at times.
We had one for 2 or 3 days just a couple days ago. Glad they got it finished before our real strong gusty winds this weekend, tho we had rain with the winds.
Congratulations on the VIP!
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2. gatorgal
1:53 AM GMT on November 11, 2012
How sad.
What a strikingly beautiful area.
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1. ruralartist
1:51 AM GMT on November 11, 2012
Great shot Cathy!
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