Monday, August 13, 2007

Wicked Creek Fire

It had to happen sooner or later: there's a big fire near us. The Wicked Creek fire, started by lightning south of Livingston, was at 5 acres Thursday night, grew to 100 acres on Friday, to 500 acres on Saturday, and up to 5000 acres yesterday. Last night, we could see the smoke column from our deck, and it was pretty impressive. This morning, Inciweb lists it at 8500 acres, and the smoke in the Gallatin Valley is so thick we can't see the mountains from our house; visibility is 2 miles or less. The fire is currently 0% contained, but fire fighters are hoping that it will slow down as it moves into areas burned in recent years.

The Inciweb site is so busy that it is overwhelmed.

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