Uprooted Magnolia

Squaw Mountain Fire Update- August 24

Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on August 24, 2011
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nothing but haze over the mountain today

I’ve updated the image gallery of the fire. (click the picture above for the gallery) It moved to the other side and threatened the highway but  is now mostly contained.
I just got word from the Wyoming State Forestry Division so for those of you that are local and those that are wondering, here is a portion of the letter I just received.

Squaw Mountain Fire at a Glance

Personnel: 250

Size: 14,460 acres, 80% contained

Structures: 1 seasonal cabin and out building

Date Reported: Sunday, August 21 2011

Locations: 15 miles SW of Wheatland

Injuries: none

Cause: Lightning

You can read the full report on my Facebook page.

Thank you to everyone for your thoughts and comments. Photographing this monster and reporting to you has helped me cope with the devastation. We are not in the clear just yet. We still have wind. And we will be on edge for the next couple of months until the wet stuff starts falling from the sky. August and September are the hottest and driest months out here so we will be on our toes especially when there is a lightning storm. The binoculars are still sitting by the window.

Tomorrow I hope to return the blog to its regular scheduled programming. 🙂

Love to you all,

So, about that fire.

Posted in Thankful by leahyetter on September 17, 2010

Last week I posted  Labor of Necessity and promised more pictures from that firefight. Click the image below to see more from that day.

Say a little  prayer we don’t get another one of these calls before fire season is over.

Have a great weekend!

Labor of Necessity

Posted in Thankful by leahyetter on September 7, 2010

Yesterday morning the phone rang and the voice on the other end said they saw smoke in the hills. Then the fire chief called. While Patrick suited up, I loaded my backpack with lenses, kerchiefs, bottled water and granola bars. I was going on this one. You may remember on past fires, I’ve had to sit nervously at home waiting for a call that all is well. This wasn’t happening yesterday. I wanted to see it for myself and document this labor of necessity.

We were there for about 5 hours and by the time Patrick and I left, it was mostly out. They dug trenches around the rocky hill where the fire was burning the most in hopes that it doesn’t jump and spread. The winds were anything but calm and that kept us on our toes watching for flying embers.

I have more images to share but for now, these 2 are of Patrick on top of the hill with the extended hose waiting for water to reach him. It was an intense afternoon and thankfully for now, all is well.