Chalk Fire, Night 8: Misc. Photos

Ah, so peaceful today, and restful. I have not left, and cannot see, so tonight, I thought I would offer some photos I took that I have not yet had a chance to post.

But before I do, let me recount the salient details of tonight’s inciweb report. Personnel is decreasing, and acreage is increasing. The current stats released at 7:30 pm are:
Acres: 12,168 Personnel: 1,319 Containment: 30%
“Current efforts focus on containment of northwest corner and holding southwest flank. Structure protection remains a priority.” Huh, oh, guess I better go check this out tomorrow – both flanks.
At 8:30 pm, Kathleen Good, PIO, USFS, reports there are 21 miles of fire line to build. Hmmm. there were only 20 miles at the beginning of this fire. Interesting.

Here are some prior photos, with dates and places taken:

Taken Sept. 29, 2008 at 1:19 pm on South Coast Ridge Rd.

This was taken on Sept. 29, 2008 at 4:00 pm in my front yard. Ron was driving this dozer. He was here in 1996 and did most of the work setting up the southern dozer line along my property in the Wild Fire of 1996. Yeah, Ron!

Sept. 30, 2008, 7:00 am – Dawn – from my back deck.

The original “Big Blow Up” occurred in 1910 in Idaho. In it, Ed Pulaski (the inventor of the now famous firefighter tool) led 45 firefighters to safety by hiding out in an old mine shaft he knew about. This is a much smaller Chalk Peak version. It happened east of South Coast Ridge Rd. on Fort Hunter Liggett on Sept. 30, 2008 at 10:45 am.

These firefighters were on South Coast Ridge Rd. on Sept. 30, 2008 at noon.

This is a couple of USFS firefighters I found near the intersection of Prewitt/Alms Ridge and Coast Ridge Rd. on Sept. 30, 2008 around 12:15 pm.

Red Hats, Blue Hats. I saw white, yellow, green, red, and blue. As I understand it, each colored hat stands for a different national forest. Please correct me if I am wrong. This shot was taken Sept. 30. 2008 at 12:30 pm at the intersection of Prewitt/Alms Ridge and South Coast Ridge Rd.

Depending on what happens tomorrow, I have some additional bomber shots I would like to post tomorrow night. Connection seems much faster at night, making uploading photos much easier. Whether it is because of my broadband, the internet traffic on my blog, or the internet fairies, I haven’t a clue.

9:00 pm, and I am signing off for the evening. More updates tomorrow.

One thought on “Chalk Fire, Night 8: Misc. Photos

  1. Hey Kate! I loved looking at all the photos on your website. Many of my friends are firefighters who are currently up there and it was great to see everything that was going on. I did want to comment on the different hats. They don’t necessarily mean different forests, however different handcrews on the forests typically have different colored hats. On engines the captains usually wear red and their crew members wear yellow. This is what I have gained in my experience. Again, thanks for everything:) Your pictures were amazingly beautiful.

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