The California Wildfire That Burned Big Sur – Part 4

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Spherical Magic & The Basin Complex Wildfire – Days 19-20

7/9/08, 9:15 PM

Today was even hotter. One of our landscape guys came and continued to clear fuel on the ground and limb-up trees to break the flame ladder. If you get the grass and scrub really short and cut low-lying limbs, especially from easy to ignite tree types, the fire will creep slowly along the ground with the flames not reaching very high and the trees are way less likely to catch. When you've got 10 acres to deal with, you can't whack it all, so you

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The California Wildfire That Burned Big Sur – Part 3

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Spherical Magic & The Basin Complex Wildfire – Days 16-18

Uncle Sam Far Side Plume  Plume rising from the far side of Uncle Sam

7/6/08, 1:30 PM

The front on Uncle Sam has reached the ridge and we can see flames towering into the air again. It will soon begin creeping down this side of the mountain toward us, probably by tonight. There's no dozer line up there. The front has a ways to go, still, and the tanks aren't here yet but should be in

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The California Wildfire That Burned Big Sur – Part 2

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Spherical Magic & The Basin Complex Wildfire – Days 3-14

6/23/08, 1:05 PM

The fire jumped the far ridge while I was watching last night. It's one valley closer now. Still a few valleys to go but the trend isn't looking good. Winds are from the NNW until Thurs. night when they swing around to W and then SW then SSW and back to WSW by Saturday. This is not good. It appears the crews are letting the interior burn while they tackle the fronts closer to the coast. I understand the logic but the Indians Fire near

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The California Wildfire That Burned Big Sur – Part 1

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The ordeal that a wildfire creates has far-reaching effects that last longer than the months it took to put the fire out. This is one story.

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