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Thanks for the link

I saw what looked like a mushroom cloud to the East and I wondered if my Livermore friends had dropped the ball. But it was too brown, and no perceptible shock wave.

I only found the fire at Altamont Pass on NBC11, perhaps because I logged into a bit too early, and didn't see the Stanislaus fire. Nevertheless the fire seemed a little too far south for anything near Livermore.

Thanks for the explanation. Hope it doesn't hit Henry Coe.

Required Disclaimer: Hunters are a nice responsible group of guys. No improper inference should be made to Drunken Shooters, real or otherwise. Furthermore, it's not Friday Night.
Additional Disclaimer: No improper inference should be made to mad scientists, real or otherwise. Furthermore, it's not Doomsday.
 

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Where are you direction wise in relation to the fire?
I'm about 30 miles East. It's in George and Joseph's backyard.

The plume has been shifting all over. Yesterday it was headed north to Sacramento.
 

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I was going to make a smartass remark. Then I saw your disclaimer. Hah!

BigLarry said:
Required Disclaimer: Hunters are a nice responsible group of guys. No improper inference should be made to Drunken Shooters, real or otherwise. Furthermore, it's not Friday Night.
If one of the gun club members flies by in their truck while I'm climbing at Coe, shooting dust all over me, I'm still blaming you. ;)
 

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Plim said:
I was going to make a smartass remark. Then I saw your disclaimer. Hah!

If one of the gun club members flies by in their truck while I'm climbing at Coe, shooting dust all over me, I'm still blaming you. ;)
I gotta cover myself these days. My stupid jokes have their liabilities. :rolleyes:

That's not 'dust' shooting out the guns. And if you think the hunters are bad, wait until you see the fury of those mad scientists and their Tesla Coils! :eek:
 

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The canyon road is closed from my end and this morning there was a dusting of ash on my wife's car. It looked like it snowed.

About noonish the sky turned dark orange. It's not healthy riding weather, not that I inteded to ride this week. I'm doing a century on saturday so I'm off the bike all week to rest up.

This afternoon the plume has seemed to shift toward the south. I'm pretty much due west of the fire but there is a lot of empty farmland between me and the fire.

There was a fire up there last week too.

george
 

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Update

If you look at the plume on the satellite loop and compare it to the topo map you can see that the fire is very close to Mt Stakes at the north end of the Oristemba Wilderness. The county line goes right over Mt. Stakes, and they're saying the fire is in Santa Clara County. They're also saying it might grow from 25000 acres to 40000 acres before it's contained. That would be all of the wilderness and parts of San Antonio Valley, where there are homes and ranches. Rock House Ridge is just a few miles southwest.
 

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Henry Coe Safe for Wild Creatures!

Stats:
28,000 Acres Burned
10 Homes, 1 Bldg Destroyed
4 Fire Fighters treated with Heat Exposure

Those Fire Fighters had their work cut out for them. Tough Guys. I was hearing things like them cutting a 20+ mile fire break and such. SoCal's even worse.
I'm sure glad they got it under control before the 100 degree weekend.

From KLIV1590 7/14/06:
The Del Puerto Canyon fire that started in Stanislaus County five days ago and moved into Santa Clara County has burned more than 28,000 acres so far. However, firefighters made a lot of progress last night and expect to have it contained by tomorrow night. Spokesman Chris Morgan of the California Department of Forestry says the threat of the fire reaching Henry Coe State Park has reduced considerably. Ten homes and one outbuilding have been destroyed in the fire. Four firefighters have been treated for heat exposure.
 

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george_da_trog said:
I'm doing a century on saturday so I'm off the bike all week to rest up.
george
What the hell? How does this work? You mean all this time, I've been doing it wrong, riding more to get stronger? D'oh! :madman:

fp

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http://cdfdata.fire.ca.gov/incidents/incidents_details_info?incident_id=91

"Active fire is now burning in Santa Clara County and approaching Henry Coe State Park. The fire continues to burn in an area that has had no significant fire occurance in over 50 years. Residential and ranch properties are scattered throughout the area. Steep terrain, erratic gusty winds, and low humidities have continued to challenge firefighters. Del Puerto Canyon Road remains closed to civilian traffic. "

"Acres Burned: 28,439
Containment 47% containment, full containment expected July 15 at 11 p.m. "
 

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It makes for a helluva murky drive in on Hwy 5 from southland.
The plume is settling ash in the valleys.
All my dashcam photos look like grandpa's pipe tobacco mated with his coffee grounds.
 

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This just in

From the SJ Mercury News:

Wildfire west of Patterson is 85 percent contained
Bay City News Service

A wildfire burning west of Patterson in Stanislaus and Santa Clara counties since last Sunday is now 85 percent contained, according to California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention spokeswoman Pam Rhoten.

The blaze has consumed an estimated 32,414 acres, most of which are in Stanislaus County. The fire is the largest burn in the area since the 1960s, according to Rhoten.

`The good news is that the fire is not making any more forward motion` in any direction, Rhoten said. The fire's advance into Santa Clara County has been halted since Saturday, according to CDF Fire Prevention Specialist Chris Morgan.

CDF is predicting that the fire will be contained by 5 p.m. today, according to Rhoten. However, weather conditions could present some obstacles. Firefighters will be battling the blaze over steep terrain in 101-degree heat with relative humidity at only 15 percent. Wind in the area is expected to be 8 mph with gusts up to 18 mph.

`There's a real potential still in this fire for wind to blow embers,` Rhoten said. She said another danger is that fire can roll down hills.

Firefighters will be burning out some partially burned areas today to prevent smoldering sections from re-igniting later on.

The fire has destroyed 10 homes and damaged one. It has also destroyed three outbuildings and damaged three others. Flames are no longer threatening any additional structures, Rhoten said.

The effort has cost more than $8 million and is currently engaging 2,051 firefighters and support staff. In addition, 14 helicopters, 163 engines, 56 hand crews, 32 bulldozers and 32 water tenders are being used to fight the flames.

Three firefighters suffered minor injuries over the night, bringing the total number of injuries to firefighters to eight, according to Rhoten. All of the injuries have been minor.

Del Puerto Canyon Road has remained open since 5 p.m. Friday, Rhoten said.

The blaze, which started in the Del Puerto Canyon west of Patterson near the Frank Raines Regional Park, is no longer seriously threatening Henry Coe State Park, the largest state park in Northern California, covering 87,000 square miles.

Flames did reach the edge of the park, Rhoten said, but all forward motion into the park has been halted. She said that it is extremely difficult to fight fire in the park because of limited access and steep terrain.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but according to Rhoten, they may never know precisely how it started.

CDF is asking anyone who may have information on the cause of the fire to call the CDF fire investigation hotline at (800) 468-4408. CDF is also asking anyone who may have seen a person or vehicle between post markers 12 and 13 in the Del Puerto Canyon Road area on Sunday at around 4 p.m. to contact CDF fire investigators.
 
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