2014—Fire Cloud

The King Fire is burning in steep terrain in the South Fork of the American River Canyon and Silver Creek Canyon, north of the community of Pollock Pines, about 50 miles east of where I live. As I write, the fire is only 5% contained and there are both mandatory and voluntary evacuations in affected communities. Wednesday afternoon, driving east in the direction of the fire after picking up my friend Susan at the airport, the pyrocumulus clouds, also known as fire clouds, caused by the firestorm were clearly visible, more than 60 miles away. We stopped a couple of times driving east on Elverta Road to capture these photos of the pyrocumulus clouds looming in the distance beyond the rice fields and farms. Amazingly, as I write, no structures have been destroyed but many are threatened.

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