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Friday August 10, 2012

Hat Creek, CA (Current Weather Conditions)

Caption: this was taken from our road yesterday, today everything is obscured by smoke - no pics just very eerie out - hard on the eyes and lungs :( we are surrounded by fires - not all as big as this one, but they're all growing - none are contained more than 10% if that. because structures are far and few between up here, they're not able to fight as aggressively as in other places - also, canyons are exceedingly tough to manage - we're not threatened in our location, just troubled with the smoke.

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32. got2dogs
2:26 AM GMT on August 15, 2012
thanks Sharon and Mindi - we're in no danger Mindi. We are around 50 miles from the fire so all we're experiencing is smoke and our temps have been over 100 degrees daily - not our norm and not very comfortable when you don't have AC! (doesn't get hot enough here for AC - LOL!!!) my son is much closer to the fire - 10 miles or less, so they're experiencing the 'raining ash' which is no fun! But, fortunately, they're in no immediate danger. The fire is now 15 % contained, they hope to have it contained by Aug 21.... thanks for your concerns.
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31. BEME
1:17 PM GMT on August 14, 2012
TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT SUSAN!!! Do you think you might have to evacuate? It sure would NOT be good to be stuck ,surrounded by that smoke,and if it gets closer,there's the heat as well...Gosh I sure hope you folks will be okay,,,very,very scary!! I know there have been fires in Nebraska,and to the south there have been fire danger warnings/watches...our little spot got a reprieve with some much needed rain recently,hoping for more,,and I hope others like your area and elsewhere gets the much needed rain somehow as well! Thanks for sharing your story and please be careful!!!! God Bless!-Mindi :)
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30. Sharrose
7:49 PM GMT on August 13, 2012
Great pictures Susan...sorry about the fire it is that time unfortunately.
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29. got2dogs
3:59 AM GMT on August 13, 2012
thanks for this link Duane......Ed had been reading this earlier today - our son lives in Hat Creek near Old Station. this just makes me so sad. some of the helicopters are here at our airport. the smoke has cleared a bit for us, but it's very dark towards Lassen.
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28. RenoSoHill
3:52 AM GMT on August 13, 2012
Here is the latest - nothing about letting it burn that I saw.

Link
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27. got2dogs
2:22 AM GMT on August 13, 2012
that's my feeling Duane, grass is quick recovery, but areas like Lassen take everso long. we had the fountain fire up here in the 80's (human and deliberate) it is just now starting to look like a forest - still a long ways to go before we have the tall timber.......Lassen has really been hit hard in the past few years.......thanks for commenting Duane and for the link..
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26. RenoSoHill
1:57 AM GMT on August 13, 2012
Here an article about it
Link
I think it varies from region to region - and they waiver on it - right or wrong. Sure don't think it is the thing to do in heavy timber.
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25. ceocrocker
12:27 AM GMT on August 13, 2012
I hope all gets under control soon... so scary! Stay safe!!!
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24. got2dogs
12:26 AM GMT on August 13, 2012
thanks Charlotte, but it doesn't look like they'll be working too hard to contain it - Duane, do you know about the National Forest service policy of - 'let it burn'? I heard today that the park service (Lassen) wouldn't allow the firefighters access the other day - since the fire is lightning strike caused they have a'let it burn' policy. guess I'm just not up on that???? it's beginning to look like it will burn right into the Hat Creek Ridge fire of 3 years ago - I find it astonishing myself......
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23. llpj04
11:59 PM GMT on August 12, 2012
Oh Susan I hope these fires get contained soon!Beautiful country!
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22. got2dogs
10:11 PM GMT on August 12, 2012
thanks for checking in everybody......we were just looking at 'fires' on the internet - 27 pages!! that's a lot of fires - things are just so dry I guess. We're in very heavy smoke today!
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21. MojaveDesertRat
9:25 PM GMT on August 12, 2012
Susan, I completely understand the eerie part - we are going through the same thing down here in the Mojave Desert. There are now 8 fires near Ridgecrest. Stay safe!! Great series - Congratulations on your AC!
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20. sillygal
6:50 PM GMT on August 12, 2012
Beautiful,Congrats
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19. saltydawgg
6:21 PM GMT on August 12, 2012
Nice capture Susan! and congratulations on the AC.I know the feeling as we have 7 fires going at last
count with more Dry lighting on the way....
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18. minou
5:19 PM GMT on August 12, 2012
beautiful but scary
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17. kristinarinell
5:14 PM GMT on August 12, 2012
Stay safe, Susan! Glad it's on the other side of the mountain...Congrats on the AC!
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16. catilac
5:05 PM GMT on August 12, 2012
Hope the fires stay clear of you, and they get put out soon! Congrats on your ac and vip!
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15. RenoSoHill
4:53 PM GMT on August 12, 2012
I see where this fire increased by 6,000 acres in 24 hours-Hope they get a handle on it quickly!
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14. trailhiker44
4:18 PM GMT on August 12, 2012
Such a peaceful scene with this terrible ominous smoke cloud billowing behind the mountain !
These fires are horrible - stay safe and stay indoors so as not to impair your health !
CONGRATULATIONS on your AC, Susan !!!
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13. SVLover
3:46 PM GMT on August 12, 2012
Made for a rough hike yesterday too. I could feel it in my lungs by the time I got home. Hate smoke!
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12. got2dogs
2:31 PM GMT on August 12, 2012
thanks everybody!!! and thanks for the 'double' approvers! I really appreciate that! I hadn't planned to post this series - I simply thought I'd get better pics yesterday - ha! only thick blue smoke now, we can't see out to the horizon. Mt Shasta and Mt Lassen are totally obscured by smoke :( I'm sorry for those having to evacuate and hope for a safe return for all our courageous firefighters!!!
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11. Doesiedoats
1:44 PM GMT on August 12, 2012
Nice job of reporting, Susan.

We are getting some smoke drifting in from
the Happy Camp fires. We at least 50 miles
from the Oregon/California border. No threat,
just the smoke as you say.

Congratulations on your AC series and the VIP.
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10. Biskitten
1:38 PM GMT on August 12, 2012
Super shot & series - AC Congrats, Susan!
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9. CenCalGuy
12:51 PM GMT on August 12, 2012
Nice pics with good definition ... thanks for sharing Susan. I sure hope that they can get the fires out before they destroy some of your beautiful landscape, hurt someone or their animals. Kirby
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8. snek
12:44 PM GMT on August 12, 2012
It is sad to see so many fires in recent days around the world (there are also many here in South Eastern Europe).
Hope you're safe, Susan! Beautiful photo series, congratulations on the AC and VIP selection!
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7. jsimq
12:32 PM GMT on August 12, 2012
Too bad about the smoke, but what beautiful countryside!
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6. Wanda1948
10:36 AM GMT on August 12, 2012
The stunning view! Congratulations Susan!!
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5. Bluesmaster
5:36 AM GMT on August 12, 2012
Nice series Susan, stay away from the smoke and fires! AC congrats!
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4. cloudysnack
4:44 AM GMT on August 12, 2012
thx for the smoke and fires update. stay inside to protect your health. very smoky in our skies in ashland, oregon.
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3. gilg72
3:58 AM GMT on August 12, 2012
Wow! Stray safe Susan.
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2. got2dogs
3:54 AM GMT on August 12, 2012
that's too bad Duane, not much fun when it gets like this and today it was 101 degrees here!!
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1. RenoSoHill
3:50 AM GMT on August 12, 2012
Great Series Susan - stay inside out of the smoke. My daughter is at Almanor and said they can't see 50 yards. Probably will cut long weekend short,
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