This was the view tonight at the intersection of Klau Mine Road and Chimney Rock Road of the currently ongoing escaped control burn south of Lake Nacimiento in Northern San Luis Obispo County. This fire has scorched at least 45 acres as of this posting following its genesis yesterday on the Bonnheim Ranch. Today high winds whipped it even more out of control, a process I monitored from a distance while working in the Adelaida area this afternoon into early evening. I assumed correctly while I watched the smoke building thicker and darker and faster while I worked today that it was a control burn that today's heavy winds were fanning out of control. This was a process that was rather fascinating to watch at all any time of year let alone in early March which is late Winter-time in this part of the world. It is worth noting that this fire was burning rather actively after dark as opposed to laying down for the night as most wildfires do, even in Summer. Photo by Kim Patrick Noyes (all rights reserved).