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TusconMike, don't catch on fire by canaveralgumby on 24 June 2006 8:15pm
 
How are you doing out there? The fires looked pretty intense earlier in the week. Hope you're okay. - C
 
Re: TusconMike, don't catch on fire by tucsonmike on 25 June 2006 6:36am
 
Thanx Cori. I know, shouldn't play with matches. So far, the fires are around Sedona. It is dry, so we watch Mount Lemmon and hope it doesn't happen here.
 
Re: TusconMike, don't catch on fire by sighthound on 25 June 2006 8:38pm
 
On Tuesday, I drove along Hwy 40, north of Sedona. The smoke from the Sedona fire was blowing east, right along the path of the highway and we chocked on smoke for over 25 miles - and that was when the fire was much smaller. Oak Creek Canyon, where the Sedona fire is, is is an absolutely beautiful riparian oasis in the desert. I hope they get the fire out soon.

As I drove further north to the Arizona/Utah border, I came across another fire that hasn't made the news because it's not threatening any tourist destination. It was in a area of huge red rock cliffs and I arrived there at sunset when the smoke was reflecting both the reds in the sunset and in the cliffs. It was terrifyingly beautiful - like an actual version of a 50's Hollywood Technicolor vision of hell.
 
Re: TusconMike, don't catch on fire by canaveralgumby on 26 June 2006 3:51am
 
sighthound, I didn't mean to forget about you! I mean, I hope everybody out there is okay!
 
Re: TusconMike, don't catch on fire by sighthound on 26 June 2006 7:31am
 
I wasn't feeling slighted, Cori.

I've been thinking a lot about fires lately. I spent most of my life in Southern California where yearly fires are a fact of life. Several times I've had to evaculate but, fortunately, never had my house burn (but it's a very surreal experience to be watching coverage of a water bomber on tv and then see the same plane right out your window....)

The tv stations in L.A. don't get excited until a fire reaches thousands of acres but the last two weeks while I was watching Albuquerque tv, they'd break in with a bulletin about a 10 acre fire. I still don't understand this as New Mexico scrub isn't condusive to fires getting out of control - maybe it's just because there's not much news in Albuquerque.

Any fire in Arizona, however, needs to be paid attention to because of the long-term drought (5 to 8 years, depending where you are.) The pine forests have been weakened and bark beetles moved in, killing trees, which have turned the forests into tinderboxes. The massive fire in Show Low in 2002 which could not be contained was in a beetle-killed forest. The forests around Sedona are beginning to be infected but the forests just west of there near Prescott have been totally devastated by the bark beetles. If a fire breaks out in Prescott, tens of thousands of acres will burn.
 
Re: TusconMike, don't catch on fire by kazzzz on 1 July 2006 2:11pm
 
Mike I always thought you were pretty damn hot anyway ;)

*throws egg at Mike...again*
 
Re: TusconMike, don't catch on fire by tucsonmike on 1 July 2006 3:15pm
 
Why thank you Kaz! Now that you threw the egg though it is frying on me! LOL!
 
Re: TusconMike, don't catch on fire by kazzzz on 1 July 2006 3:18pm
 
Smokin' ;)
 
Re: TusconMike, don't catch on fire by peripatetically on 2 July 2006 7:02pm
 
Splat.
 
Re: TusconMike, don't catch on fire by kazzzz on 3 July 2006 1:25pm
 
Tractor, anyone?
 
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