Once again these is another wildfire in El Dorado County, this is started in Pollock Pines northeast of Placerville. The fire started small on Saturday, then quickly expanded midday Sunday to 3000 acres to the current 8000-9000 acres burned by Monday evening with only 5% containment. The steep terrain leading down to the South Fork of the American River has proven to be full of fuel (trees) and difficult to access. Evacuations began Sunday and continue as the fire expands east and north east near Hwy 50.
As is normally the case, I tried finding a vantage point on a ridge to be able to see the fire, but to no avail. With this being a midweek spur of the moment after work outing, it was not worth putting myself at risk and driving another 15-20 minutes east along Hwy 50 as the fire itself was creeping back towards the highway. Instead, I parked along the road in the Apple Hill area, hiked through some vineyards, avoided a skunk walking towards me oblivious to my presence, spent about 30 minutes viewing the occasion glow in the smoke, and remembering every so often to take a photograph.
EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center-weighted metering mode, ISO200, 55mm, f/5.6, 30 sec
Camino (CA), King Fire, Smoke, Fire Glow, Vineyard, Long Exposure. Camino, CA. September 15, 2014. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.