Wednesday, October 24, 2007

A few hours later...

Smoke Moving Into Big Bear
Click on photos to enlarge - © 2007 jim otterstrom

Six hours after the 3 previous photos were taken smoke has moved into our valley.
Anxiety levels in Big Bear will be on the rise for the next several days now unless there's some dramatic improvement in the fire situation.
Number 715
For days now a steady stream of fire-fighting helicopters has been coming and going from the Big Bear Airport, just a few blocks from our house, but the urgency becomes somewhat more apparent when the wind blows your way.

I took this picture at 1:38 P.M. today just a couple of hundred yards from my front door.
If you're watching the news about the fires you'll see number 715 dropping water on the Slide Fire in Running Springs, maybe 5 minutes from here by air.

As you can see the smoke hadn't reached the airport, or our house yet, but it's coming.
Ignore the posting time for this one, it was actually posted at 3 P.M., but I wanted it below the other pictures for continuity.

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Blogger Tim Hodgens said...


Good luck with all this.

Not to be too grim, but do you have your boogie bags packed already?

And for what it's worth, I saw someone on the TV the other day with goggles on for all of the dust and wind and cinders, etc...maybe you could get some for you and Peggy?

I'd offer you our home, but it may be a bit much for you to bicycle here.



5:08 PM  
Blogger platespinner said...

sure hoping you all are okay. please call or email when you can.

8:13 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

hey tim-

thanks for all the concern.

it's looking pretty good for Big Bear right now


it was really neat talking with you last night

3:07 PM  

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