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Wildfire on the mountain

| A wildfire broke out near Mountain Center yesterday afternoon and quickly spread over 1000 acres.

When I left home about 5:30pm to go bowling, a dark pall hung over the valley, although it was clear and bright to the west and north. As I got closer to Palm Springs the skies darkened even more and took on a reddish cast. Weirdly a faint rainbow appeared along the lower edge of the miasma.

At times, you could see smoke below the clouds, and when I got to the bowling alley and opened the car door the acrid smell of fire was thick in the air. Bob later reported that ashes were falling on his house.

The reddish-black cloud over the valley was juxtaposed against puffy white clouds farther west
Ominous dark clouds juxtaposed against clear skies and puffy white clouds
The reddish-black cloud over the valley was juxtaposed against puffy white clouds farther west
Smoke can be seen below the clouds (look behind stop lights and above the tree)

Later, as we left the bowling alley, all the smoke and ash in the air made the moon a bright orange.

The danger of wildfire is especially high since there was almost no rain during the winter. Everything is dry as a bone, as they say, and the slightest spark can set off a blaze. And when it is windy, as it was yesterday, the fire spreads quickly.

Last updated on Apr 13, 2018

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