How quickly fire spreads

by Eszter Hargittai on July 5, 2007

Before I get evacuated (not a completely crazy idea with the sheriff right outside my office), I thought I’d post just how quickly fire can spread depending on the circumstances.

How quickly fire spreads

I realize those are not on the same scale, but the surrounding trees should help identify the areas. Understand that I was just trying to do some work this afternoon and then headed out periodically to take some pictures. I didn’t set up shop for a sequence.

The distance between the fire and the nearest road is quite big so eventually the firetrucks just had to head up on the hill.

The above photos would convey things much better if I added lots of helicopter noise, but I should get back to work…

And I promise not to clutter the blog with future dish fire photos. I might be inclined to if the fire got any closer, but if that were to happen, I am certain we’d be evacuated immediately anyway.



vivian 07.06.07 at 12:27 am

Here’s hoping you come out of this with good stories of not-too-close fires. Good luck.


Alan 07.06.07 at 1:34 pm

Another reason to avoid the Southwest.


kim 07.06.07 at 3:24 pm

Another one? Is this a flareup from last week’s Dish fire, or is there a very dedicated fence-climbing and security-dodging arsonist running around the neighborhood?


Eszter 07.06.07 at 3:42 pm

The cause of the fires seems to be unknown. Apparently the amount of rain the area got is about half the usual. It’s also very walm here these days, my understanding is it’s warmer than usual (although I haven’t looked into this checking official records).

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