THURSDAY-UPDATE: The King Fire has grown 50,000 acres in the past 24-hours and has now has consumed 71,000 acres and a record-breaking (?) 150,000 gallons of retardant has been dropped. Still only 5% containment, but at least its consistent! It (and the smoke) is heading north-east up to Hell-Hole reservoir. Thank-You Sierra Nevada (get that, it’s a two-fer) Mountain Yellow-Leg frog! If you exist anymore it’s probably not here in these burnt canyons.
With some “weather” overhead from an offshore storm and some 20% chance of rain over the next few days, the overall humidity has increased to hopefully dampen the fire’s enthusiasm (Think of the Unicorns! Raise awareness of the Rainbows! Hopefully! Chance!) and as winds turn and clock-around drawn by the low-pressure system offshore, the smoke-effects will begin to head down into the Central Valley and that might garner some greater attention. *Cough-cough* Reportedly from sources in the Belly-of-the-Beast there is little on the BayAryan Eco-friendly Greenweenie Sustainable-TV news stations about this fire…
And SUPER Thank-You to Gumshoe Reno for the PDF of a PowerPoodle file Regarding the Relationship Between Forests, Wildfire, and Water in Mariposa County!
“Wouldn’t it be nice to have 1-2 million acre-ft or more of additional runoff every year?”
Maybe not to some people.
UPDATE-UPDATE: 18,544+ acres burned, still only 5% containment. Highway 50 is closed in both directions unconfirmed reports of The Fire jumping the roadway notwithstanding, a backfire was lit that came up to the Highway. The road is being used exclusively by the fire-fighters to access the deep canyon and steep terrain where it’s burning.
UPDATE: The Fire* has jumped Highway 50, somewhere at or between Sly Park Road and Fresh Pond, so nobody is going up to Tahoe tonight. 12,785+ acres burned and still only 5% containment. Out. Of. Control. It’s going off BIG, based on all the dry understory brush that has built-up after a decade or more of poor/insufficient Forest Service mismanagement by the Green-weenies and dumbass Hippies who now (and since the 80’s) run the FS.