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Posted on Tuesday, August 17th, 2004

Dave!The fires here have just broken over the ridge of Ollola Canyon. The smoke filling our sky that used to be a light gray is now black. Dozens of people I know are on Level 2 Alert and are prepared to evacuate (and some already have). Ash is falling from the sky. The light that's able to get through our darkened skies is now a lovely pinkish hue, casting painted shadows (strangely reminiscent of a Maui sunset) over all it touches. I can find only one tiny patch of blue sky, and it's closing fast. I guess you could say that the situation here is officially very serious...

Fire Skies

This photo was taken at 2:00 in the afternoon, but it looks closer to 7:00 in the evening. The fire is moving so fast that I can't even guess what things will look like in another hour or two.

Sadly, Mother Nature is not in the mood to help out, as there is no rain in the forecast, and total containment is not projected any time soon (but is currently rated to be around 30%).

UPDATE: Well that was quick. A half-hour later and the light suddenly changed from pink to a ghastly shade of yellow. Playing around with the white balance on my camera, I can kind of capture it, but not really. Looking at it in person, there's an eerie glow to everything that just doesn't come through in photos...

Yellow Cashmere

Yellow Cashmere

Freaky. It feels very alien, like I'm looking though the world through vanilla-colored glasses or something. The sun is still there, but is a fluorescent orange color, which adds yet another surreal element to life here in Cashmere just now.

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  1. James Bow says:

    Good luck. Hope the fires don’t get you. I’ll be paying attention.

    You have an excellent blog here and I hope you don’t mind if I add you to my blogroll.

  2. James Bow says:

    BTW, as you are a fan of British television and such shows as Angel and Alias, I trust you’re following the work that’s been going on with the Doctor Who revival now underway on the BBC. The thirteen episodes debut early in 2005, produced by Russell T (“Queer as Folk”) Davies and with a writing staff that includes Stephen (“Coupling” ?) Moffat. Looking forward to it myself.

  3. Dave2 says:

    Oh yes! The Doctor Who series (along with the long “in development” Red Dwarf Movie) are very much anticipated. The rumors are flying fast and furious (Daleks with legs?!?) which has me curious as to whether they will ruin the franchise or invigorate it for a new generation of fans.

  4. James Bow says:

    I’m paying a lot of attention to this. No reports from the horse’s mouth (this is the best source of news) about a major redesign. Early reports of how they might be used are encouraging, however.

    Rob Sherman, the author of the season finale, has dropped hints that suggest he might be taking cues from Alien: basically, a group of scientists/scrap dealers board a derelict spaceship with the Doctor in tow and are held off for sixty minutes of taut direction by a single well-armed Dalek. At the end of the episode, the Dalek unleashes the Dalek army to close the season.

    So, all indications that I’ve seen encourage me.

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