The California Wildfire That Burned Big Sur – Part 9

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Spherical Magic & The Basin Complex Wildfire – Days 27-29

7/17/08, 8:25 PM

Just shot a few more frames of the reservoir valley in a major upsurge but those will come tomorrow, along with whatever I shoot tonight. Gotta give you something to look forward to...

Joy's breathing has been much better, due to the clearing out of smoke from the area. Yaaay! Winds have been out of the NNW for two days and, looking out to the north, one would hardly realize that there is a huge, raging fire at their back. Marine layer returned again

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The California Wildfire That Burned Big Sur – Part 8

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Spherical Magic & The Basin Complex Wildfire – Days 24-27

7/14/08, 8:30 PM

W E   A R E   P I P E D !

61 NPT connections ranging from 3/4" to 3", with the great majority being 2".

20 hose connections in the same size ranges. The hose is really stiff and heavy, with a wire helix to support the 1/8" wall, as some sections will be under pretty significant negative pressure when the pumps are running, especially that 3". Getting these to slide onto the hose barbs took some ingenuity, partly because we

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The California Wildfire That Burned Big Sur – Part 7

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Spherical Magic & The Basin Complex Wildfire – Day 24

7/14/08, 11:55 AM

Piping is going well. The 2" ball valves and fittings have been installed to all four tanks. All that remains is installing the dimensionally stable suction flex hoses between the separate hard sections and from those to the output valves. All four tanks are now capable of holding water. We test filled tank 1 yesterday to a minimal amount during a fire hose test. No leaks. Tanks 2, 3 & 4 will begin being filled today. The test fill was done with one section of

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The California Wildfire That Burned Big Sur – Part 6

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Spherical Magic & The Basin Complex Wildfire – Days 22-23

7/12/08, 12:55 PM

Nap was good. No, I haven't been asleep continuously since I wrote that. Did get a good long sleep last night, though. I just wanted to let you know that we're here and continuing to work.

Got the 3" full-flow ball valve and a few omitted parts for the pressure header yesterday, along with a 2.5" fire female to 2.5" fire female gender changer, so that we can hook the pressure header fire truck port directly to the hydrant across the spur road during

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The California Wildfire That Burned Big Sur – Part 5

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Spherical Magic & The Basin Complex Wildfire – Day 21

7/11/08, 5:30 AM

So much for fires moving slower when backing down hills. I said that wildfires are unpredictable. This one proves that. When I crashed last night, it was still near the top of Uncle Sam. This morning, it was already over the ridge top of Elephant, one mountain closer to us. There isn't a very deep valley between the two, so the front moved quicker than I would have liked. (Not moving at all, I would really like.) The nerve meter went up a few ticks

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Fire Line

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Just went out onto the south porch to see if I could see the front through the smoke. The closest section, on Uncle Sam, is in places half way down the portion that we can see over the top of Elephant Mountain. This isn't much of a change from its position on the 6th (Sunday evening). When the fire is backing down the hill, it moves a lot slower

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