Saturday, July 26, 2014

Nothing To Firestorm In Four Frames

An hour and a half after I left for work today a wildfire broke out near El Portal, CA, west of Yosemite National Park. It did not take long for it to blow up into a firestorm with a spectacular pyocumulus cloud with a pileus cloud cap. From Turtleback Dome Webcam #2 the following sequence of images was captured today. I find it fascinating to see how fast the El Portal Fire exploded out of nowhere and in how short a time this fire became established. As of this posting the fire is pegged at about 2,100 acres charred with no containment, plenty of evacuations and reports of structures lost already.

4:36 p.m.
4:41 p.m.
5:41 p.m.
6:11 p.m.

1 comment:

  1. That's pretty scary, Kim! As fast as that spread it would have been difficult to get any fire fighters away from it as fast as it spread...