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The Night They Burned the Mountain

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Saturday November 10, 2012

Pinnacle, NC (Current Weather Conditions)

Caption: A prescribed burn started Thursday, intended to clear brush and dead leaves from Pilot Mountain State Park, soon got out of control due to high winds and dry conditions that should have precluded the burn. By dusk on Saturday, this is what the fire looked like from the Pinnacle exit of Highway 52. The glow at the bottom of the picture is from vehicle headlights. Smoke still blanketed the area by Saturday night.

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32. ChrisAnthemum
5:18 PM GMT on November 15, 2012
Thank you, Jan and Larry! As of last night (Wednesday) the burn was considered 100% contained, though not completely out.
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31. JourneysEnd
2:59 PM GMT on November 15, 2012
Amazing shot of the burn Kathy, congrats on
your AC!
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30. LovePix
8:44 PM GMT on November 13, 2012
Oh my, Kathy. Hope things are getting back to semi-normal now. Gee, I go to bed early and miss all the excitement. Wonderful capture of a horrible situation. AC and VIP congrats to you, my friend!
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29. ChrisAnthemum
11:01 PM GMT on November 11, 2012
Thank you, Arlene, Sharon, and Wanda! I guess common sense isn't so common as it could be. No, Wanda, no one has been reported hurt in the fire, and so far it has not destroyed any structures. Only charred a couple hundred acres of what was once beautiful wilderness.
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28. Wanda1948
9:48 PM GMT on November 11, 2012
Wow, amazing shot of burning leaves! I hope no one was hurt in the fire! Congratulations, Kathy!
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26. canuckjune
7:48 PM GMT on November 11, 2012

That reminds me of the controlled burn in Yellowstone years ago that burned acres and acres and got out of control. God gave people common sense, too bad some don't use it. Great shots by the way.
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25. ChrisAnthemum
7:32 PM GMT on November 11, 2012
Thank you for commenting, Peter! There are plenty of fingers pointing out the blame right now. I hope I can get some "after" shots once the park reopens.
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24. Cowgazer
7:26 PM GMT on November 11, 2012
Sad to see such damage, not just trees but wildlife too. Looks like nobody looked at the weather forecast, but its too late now.
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23. ChrisAnthemum
5:09 PM GMT on November 11, 2012
Thank you, Linda, Julie, James, and Gary! As of last night, the fire had burned about 200 acres and was only 20% contained.

Shooting at night was very challenging; I used a tripod of course but the ground was very uneven and I was constantly adjusting it. The camera could not see well enough in the dark to auto-focus, and *I* could not see well enough to use manual focus -- the sky was actually much darker than it appears in these pictures. I just had to set the focus at infinity and back it off a bit, shoot and blow up the photo to check the focus, then back it off a bit more, hoping to get a few acceptable shots in with a lot that I threw away. I was glad I had brought a flashlight so I could read the camera buttons and dials. There was also incident light at the bottom of each frame from traffic headlights on Highway 52, which ruined some shots, so in aiming above that, I had to get more sky in each one than I really wanted. If that wasn't enough, when I got back to my car, I found a police officer checking it out, wondering why I had my emergency blinkers on. Oh me oh my is right, Gary, LOL!
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22. Railheel
2:01 PM GMT on November 11, 2012
Oh me Oh my.
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21. gardner48197
1:45 PM GMT on November 11, 2012
Great series, Kathy, hope it gets under control quickly!! Congrats on the new VIP & AC!!
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20. WigglesMom
9:24 AM GMT on November 11, 2012
Thank you for sharing, even though it's hard on the heart to know that such things go "out of control" that should never have been set in the conditions of wind and drought. Julie in Ohio
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19. LindyLu60
8:28 AM GMT on November 11, 2012
Sorry to see this, hope they are able to get a knock down on it soon. Congrats on your AC
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18. ChrisAnthemum
5:15 AM GMT on November 11, 2012
Bonsoir, Mousseline, merci d'aimer ma photo et de le commenter.
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17. ChrisAnthemum
5:11 AM GMT on November 11, 2012
Here is what the mountain looked like last December 15, taken from the same vantage point.
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16. Mousseline545
5:10 AM GMT on November 11, 2012
Hello.
Very, very good I love your photo.

Good moment. Désolée, Je suis française, et je ne suis pas très forte en anglais. Le peu que je connais se trouve au fond de ma mémoire. N'empêche que cet obstacle (qu'est la barrière de la langue), ne m'empêche pas de vous dire que j'aime, j'apprécie. Bien que ce soit un incendie,je trouve beau ce moment, cet instant figé sur votre pellicule.

MERCI POUR CE PLAISIR. Très joli l'Automne.
A bientôt j'espère.
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15. ChrisAnthemum
5:04 AM GMT on November 11, 2012
Thank you all so much for looking at and commenting on my photos, Randall, Katy, Maxine, Gil, and Don! Yes, it is sad to see this beautiful mountain burn; makes me wonder how long it will be before it looks normal again. If I can, I will go there when the fire is out and the park reopens, and take a closer look.
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14. MNTornado
4:51 AM GMT on November 11, 2012
WOW, that is one hot fire and one GREAT photo.
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13. gilg72
4:40 AM GMT on November 11, 2012
Very beautiful shot of a bad situation.
Congratulations on the AC!
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12. Nikongranny
4:23 AM GMT on November 11, 2012
Good reporting job. Congratts on this AC and 10 from SW Iowa
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11. katy99780
4:00 AM GMT on November 11, 2012
Oh dear Kathy! Thanks to your photos in the past, I know what a beautiful place this is. May the fire be under control, and the recovery of the ravaged mountain be swift!

Great documentary reporting, are you going to get 'after' shots?
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10. Bluesmaster
3:55 AM GMT on November 11, 2012
The best laid plans and all that... Nicely done Kathy, AC congrats!
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9. ChrisAnthemum
3:17 AM GMT on November 11, 2012
Thanks for commenting, Lori -- I'm just sorry it will take awhile for the place to look like it should once more. I'm glad now that I was able to visit it last month. Had thought to go back again this week, but it didn't happen, and won't now.

Oh hello, Charlotte, you stepped in while I was typing. Yes, I'm sure everyone will be glad to see this over with. Rain predicted for Monday; let's hope it is a real rain instead of the spit sprinkles we've been getting.
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8. llpj04
3:15 AM GMT on November 11, 2012
Hope they get this under control soon Kathy!
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7. SVLover
2:43 AM GMT on November 11, 2012
Don't even get me started about out of control controlled burns. :(
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6. ChrisAnthemum
2:29 AM GMT on November 11, 2012
Thank you, Donna! Made for a little excitement this week!

Two signs along the highway: HEAVY SMOKE POSSIBLE, and PRESCRIBED BURN -- DO NOT REPORT. LOL!
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5. catilac
2:23 AM GMT on November 11, 2012
So often these controlled burns get out of control :( Nice shot Kathy!
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4. ChrisAnthemum
2:21 AM GMT on November 11, 2012
So they did, Eileen; hindsight is 20-20! Glad you like my documentary efforts.

Thank you, approvers, for the blue!
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3. beanhead
2:16 AM GMT on November 11, 2012
Whoa! Someone made a huge mistake with that 'controlled burn' decision!
Great series!
AC & VIP congrats!
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2. ChrisAnthemum
2:09 AM GMT on November 11, 2012
Gosh, I hope so too, Wilma; everyone is just sick about it. Flames have even reached the top of the dome.
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1. Kennebunker
2:01 AM GMT on November 11, 2012
Wow, Kathy - what a series - super photography here.   Thanks for posting.  Sure do hope they get it all under control quickly, and without much more damage.
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Wife, mother, grandmother, gardener, naturalist, writer, artist, crafter, homeschooler, owner and occasional breeder of registered Shetland Sheepdogs, and a child of the King. Rank amateur at most of these. Live in Westfield, NC, near the western mountains.Some of my photos are now available for sale from Fine Art America. Please check the website: http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/kathryn-meyer.h tml only join the html -- for some reason this site won't let me do it. Clicking on my website below leads to FAA's main page, but you can access my gallery there by putting my name Kathryn Meyer in the search box.

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