Friday, August 28, 2009

skywatch friday: la canada fire


temperatures above 100 degrees have created a perfect wildfire environment. in pasadena we've had fires burning to the east and now to the west with the recent la canada fire.

this photo is of our view of the sky last night looking toward the fire. look closely and you can actually see an orange glow from the flames where the smoke rises from the horizon. hopefully the fires will be put out soon.

petrea has some more great shots right here.
here is the pasadena star news' take.

another post on the fires at kchblog and an update
and another at little homestead
and yet another at hometown pasadena
and of course our public information officer


more skywatch friday photos can be found here.

18 comments:

Linnea W said...

I heard about this on the nightly news. It looks like a gorgeous sunset only unfortunately it's not...

J Bar said...
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J Bar said...

That looks cool but obviously the fires and smoke are not.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

ben wideman said...

I thought that too Linea - a passer by (who couldn't smell the smoke in the air) would have assumed it was just a weird sunset.

J Bar - I feel the exact same way. Is it really cool looking? Yes. Is it seriously dangerous and threatening to people? Yes.

Eric said...

Wow, i thought it was a sunset but it is not, but your picture is well composed!!

Have a great SWF.

Ann said...

Must be awful with the fire. You gopt a great pix.

In my city, Auckland NZ, (Yes, New Zealand, not Oakland california) we have a school called Pasadena school. My son almost went there.

Just the other day, the media joked about wondering why it is called Pasedena school, and it works very closely to my primary school, as we are neighbors. One of the reporters says Pasadena reminds him of cacti and mexican homes. In deed, everyday I drive past a house like that and it has an artifcial palm and cacti trees and flat top house.

Came to you via skywatch.

Hi from Down Under New Zealand.

Ann

ben wideman said...

Ann, thanks so much for visiting and for sharing your Pasadena thoughts with us.

pasadenapio said...

Pasadena Star-News also has a slide show on their site.

ben wideman said...

Thanks PIO, I'll add it to the list of links.

Cafe Pasadena said...

Great reporting, bw!
It looks like Journalism may be in your blood.

Bellis said...

At 6 pm, there were lots of onlookers parked on Woodbury at Devil's Gate dam, and up on Inverness, from where there are good (if distressing) views of flames running up the eastern side of the Arroyo toward and beyond Brown Mountain. Huge 4-propeller airplanes have been dropping pink flame retardant to slow the advance toward Altadena (and may they succeed!) There's a line of fire engines on the mesa above JPL to safeguard this amazing place that communicates with spaceships near Saturn and rovers on Mars. Strange that man's exploration of the solar system should be threatened by something earthly like fire.

Tammie Lee said...

So sorry to hear about your fires. It seems Ca. (my home state, once upon a time) has been on fire for years. Sure makes a stunning photo.
Spirithelpers

ben wideman said...

Thanks for the compliment, Cafe!

Spot on comment Bellis!

Tammie Lee, it is good to be reminded that this has been happening for years.

Bernadette Joolen, Beautiful Dreamer... said...

What a dramatic photo. I am always sorry I cannot send you our rain!~~bernadette (expat pasadena girl) in seattle...

ben wideman said...

That would be lovely - I don't think we've had rain since March.

Sarah Jane said...

Wow, you got an excellent shot!

uberrhund said...

Great capture of the firey sunset.
I added the same sort of view on my SWF blog this week. Thankfully we are farther away out in Corona with only smoke and haze to deal with. Take care and be well.

Kelly said...

wow nice picture! Great perspective.