Fire this time

Mother Nature strikes

The hills are alive — with fire. A lightning strike the other night set off a huge wildfire in the Morongo and Yucca valleys just north of Palm Springs. Thousands of acres have already been burned, and firemen are struggling to contain the fire and prevent it from joining up with another fire already burning to the west.

Palm Springs, itself, is in no immediate danger. Prevailing air currents have kept most of the smoke and ash away although the smoke plume obscures the sky to the north. Occasionally a flake of white ash floats down, and there is an slight acrid fire smell in the air. But that's it.

Such is not the case where the fire is burning, however. Many homes and other buildings have gone up in smoke. Pioneertown, often used as a set for the filming of westerns, has suffered severe damage. The Desert Sun and the Los Angeles Times are providing good news coverage.

I've chosen a few pictures from those published elsewhere that help convey what an awesome event a wildfire is. For more pictures, check the links in the sidebar.

view from Palm Springs
Smoke as seen from Palm Springs

aerial view
Aerial view of the fire

Joshua trees ablaze
Joshua trees ablaze

wall of fire
Wall of fire

fire-fighter
A fire-fighter — thank goodness for them!