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Night Fire

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Saturday November 10, 2012

Pinnacle, NC (Current Weather Conditions)

Caption: One last picture of Pilot Mtn burning. I just returned from a town meeting at which the fire department and park officials explained the situation and fielded questions and comments from local residents. The latest update is that the fire has burned 675 acres (they planned 180 acres) and is now 80% contained. If we get rain tonight (so far just sprinkles), all will be well. However, winds are supposed to increase over the next few days, which could cause the fire to flare up again.

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8. ChrisAnthemum
2:20 PM GMT on November 13, 2012
Thank you, Bernard, Carol, and Julie! Firefighters have bulldozed a line most of the way around the base of the mountain, which is holding so far. We got about 1/2" of welcome rain overnight, which should help. However, the skies are clearing and winds beginning to pick up again, so the situation is not fully resolved. Also, that bulldozed line will need to be rehabilitated... From the mouth of one ranger who was at the meeting last night, they do not consider this fire a calamity (collective gasp from the citizen audience) and promise that the park will look much better by spring. Thanks everybody for your concern!
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7. MTDisk
12:28 PM GMT on November 13, 2012
Simply heartbreaking!!!
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6. gingyb
12:12 PM GMT on November 13, 2012
Great shot, so sad about the damage, but one good thing it will come back, slowly of course.Good intentions bad results.
Hope you did not get the winds we had yesterday.
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5. Hotzenwaelder
6:12 AM GMT on November 13, 2012
A great picture of a bad situation.
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4. ChrisAnthemum
3:59 AM GMT on November 13, 2012
Thank you, Eileen! Everyone is praying for rain. If we can get one good soak, the situation will be much improved. However, looking at the radar, right now we are getting only a few sprinkles and it doesn't look as though there is anything better coming.
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3. ChrisAnthemum
3:57 AM GMT on November 13, 2012
This was taken three weeks ago, looking down on countryside the near part of which is now in ashes. The rangers said there will be no serious damage to trees because the fire was low level. I will reserve judgment until I can get there and see for myself.

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2. beanhead
3:52 AM GMT on November 13, 2012
Thanks for the update...such sad news...hoping the winds don't hurt the progress being made.
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1. ChrisAnthemum
3:52 AM GMT on November 13, 2012
From the maps the rangers handed out tonight (Monday), it appears as though the entire south face of the mountain has been burned, right up to the base of the knob and about 2/3 of the way around it, sparing some of the north side. This includes the cliffs with the overlooks I photographed on October 23; even some of the fence rails at the overlooks were destroyed. The fire also reached the top of the big dome itself. The park will be closed for at least two weeks after the fires are out, so park personnel can assess any remaining danger, clean up the mess, and repair the fences.
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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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