|Canyon City Complex AM|
If you look at the distant ridge beyond the two foreground hills, you'll see the fire crowning as it comes over a ridge. Said ridge is about 15 miles from where I sit as the crow flies. This fire is rapidly becoming a monster. It's already forced evacuations and is threatening the small historic city of Canyon City. A few miles south of that is John Day, Oregon: a city of several thousand people. No, it's not been a day to inspire gaming.
However, it has been a photography opportunity. I planned on shooting the Perseid meteor shower as there is no light pollution here. The smoke in the air has made that problematic. So I've been learning Magic Lantern which I recently installed on my Canon EOS 60D. I managed a lovely time-lapse this afternoon. Here is about 30 minutes of fire in about 30 seconds (you may want to click on it to open it in another tab/window.)
The wind has shifted since I took the 311 separate photos which comprise the time-lapse. It is now blowing the fire away from us, not that there was any chance of it actually running 15 miles. But with the wind shift is a predicted uptick in the already brisk winds. They are predicting 30 MPH winds tonight. There is also a fire cloud (think thunderhead) forming over the fire because it is so intense.
|Canyon City Complex PM|