About 8:30 last night my home was shook with a blast of lightning. I went outside and it was lightly raining and I could smell burning brush. We now have our first wild land fire of the year.
Around 9 pm I went out again and fire was burning on top of the ridge above my home about 3/4 miles away.
Fortunately the wind died down and the humidity has been unusually high today so the fire never came down the ridge and is burning away from my place at this time. It's about 400 acres and 25% contained.
I was going to hook up the Scamp
and go fly fishing this weekend with some friends. I think I will stay home in case the wind changes.
The helicopter fire fighters really gained more of my respect today. I have seen them flying by but never up close. I was able to take a few pics of them this afternoon.
There were about 5 helicopters working in a relay, they were filling their tanks in the Kern River at the Hobo Flats Campground on the Sequoia National Forest.
I'm very grateful for our firefighters and totally in awe of the abilities of the helicopter pilots.