|Smoke and Fog mixing over Dry River gorge|
The Hotshot crews from North Carolina are working along the side of highway 33. They pause to talk to us, their yellow normex shirts stained with soot, their attitude very relaxed or very exhausted. They tell us they would handover the fire to local crews the next day, because the rain is expected to secure the fire. The incident commander is a little more cautious on the evening news. He warns that the fire will burn deep in the duff and soil and must be managed for the next several weeks.
|Chopper flying over the Chestnut Ridge fire, heading towards Peak Fire|
The roads leading back to the mountain side were finally opened again. Passing through, we were impressed with how close it had come to houses on the road. There was evidence of backfires lit along the roads' ditches, just stopping the fires from burning out into the farmlands. I will try to get in closer soon for better pictures.
|Buffalo Road (War Branch) closed during fire|
The chickens don't mind! They like running free in the yard. We mind, the Americauna hens are more wild then not and lay eggs deep in bushes and deadfall.
|Rudy the rooster and one of his ladies.|