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    Fire season isn't over yet kiddos

    Well dammitt. My beloved Lamoille Canyon in the Ruby Mountains are on fire again. And this time it's really bad. The wind has been blowing pretty good all weekend and another fire started from the rifle range. Fall winds are much more severe than summer ones and this one took off before they could get a jump on it.
    Took these last week.
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    Today this no longer exists. Just a charred ruin of what it was.
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    I talked to the Sheriff when I took these pics and he told me the Boy Scout camp lodge and one cabin were gone. 2 Hot Shot crews are trying to get up the mtn. but it's too steep and the wind is shifting and picking up speed, and the thermals are getting a little too choppy for the pilots comfort on all the aircraft. Hurricane rains expected the next few days should help with the blaze but now there is land slide danger. Dammitt, we are eastern CA.
    Bless all whose lives are between ours and these dangers.
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    Man, I feel so bad for you, family, friends, etc. And your beautiful area.
    Good vibes, positive thoughts, prayers, the whole works headed your way buddy!
    Stay safe...
    I have a best riding bud in Gualala on the coast. They had fires around them much of the summer, but are OK.
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    Two weeks ago.
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    We got escorted up the mountain so that we could winterize the cabins. The canyon will be closed until next summer. The destruction wasn't as bad as feared. But bad enough to close the canyon all winter for land slide and avalanche precautions. Fire went all around the cabins, as close as the decks around them. A couple of sheds and out buildings were burned down and one cabin lost. All in all, pretty fortunate.
    Today. From the same spot the above pictures were taken.
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    Fire is a strange character. Patches of untouched aspens dot the area. Completely jumped and missed the campground across the road. And like I stated before, danced around the cabins.

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    As I was setting up our 9500 ft camp Friday a Jet Ranger started circling a smoke tendril lofting over the next peak, then disappeared. Then the Marines circled for a bit in a heavy lift Super Stallion before heading off to their nearby Mountain Warfare School. Soon the Jet Ranger returned with a bucket and persecuted the fire until he was low on jet A, overflying camp dozens of times just above tree hight as he dipped bucket in a nearby lake. I set up chair and watched the show being visible to pilot should evacuation be warented. Got misted first few buckets until pilot shifted flight line a hundred feet north.


    Fires are nasty things and NVCowboy's canyon really got hit hard. Lower thousand feet of mountain I am on got torched too fortunately below the timber line. Fire swept up Walker River canyon next to 395 so highway is single lane under repair now.

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    I did that Mountain Warfare Training gig almost 25 years ago now. We actually started out ad Big Bear then moved up to Bridgeport to finish. Did it in February, it was a cold miserable SOB. Only time I ever ate a coyote. Couldn't say if it was bad or not, after the day we had, we would have eaten a diseased rhinoceros pizzle with a smile on our starving frozen faces. It's also where I learned if you gotta eat bugs, toast em 1st.
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    Toasted aint bad. At least they're dead.
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    And that's how I learned the value of a dollar.
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    NVCowboy, has your area always been dry with so many fires? Our weather here in MD/WV has had record breaking rains amounts this year. I checked Moms weather station that I bought her last Christmas and her rain total was 57.28 inches. Crazy
    Mom wondered if her rain gauge was accurate so she bought a glass gauge and verified that new gauge was accurate. She said it was dead on.

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    Nice weather station!
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    We have long winters with heavy snow that lasts til mid June, and up the canyon there is a glacier that has snow year round. When it melts the grasses take off like a two year old chasing a puppy. Then summer temps can get up to 100 so it dries out fast. And the northern NV winds are always fairly ferocious so all we need is a spark. Been lucky most years. But when it goes, it goes. Now winter is back, and there is a blanket of snow covering the mountains again. The hurricane rains and snow this past week helped extinguish the last few stump holes burning up the canyon. Hot dry high desert summers and frozen tundra winters. At least we don't have snow birds or lemmings.
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