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NASA satellite picture shows out of control Rim Fire near Yosemite National Forest
AL.com ^ | 08-26-2013 | Lee Roop

Posted on 08/26/2013 10:08:29 AM PDT by Red Badger

YOSEMITE NATIONAL FOREST, California - NASA released this satellite picture Monday of the Rim Fire now raging out of control near the Yosemite National Forest. The fire, now covering more than 224 square miles, is still only 7 percent contained due to winds, dry conditions and inaccessible terrain. The precise cause is still unknown, but the basic cause of the fire's spread is the drought in the West.

The fire is now threatening a power system that helps provide electricity for San Francisco and part of the city's water supply. It is so large that it is creating its own weather pattern. "As the smoke column builds up it breaks down and collapses inside of itself, sending downdrafts and gusts that can go in any direction,'' CalFire spokesman Daniel Berlant told the Associated Press. "There's a lot of potential for this one to continue to grow.'"

This natural-color satellite image was taken by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASA's Terra satellite on Aug. 25, 2013. Actively burning areas are outlined in red. The image is courtesy of NASA's Jeff Schmaltz and the caption is from NASA/Goddarfd courtesy of Lynn Jenner.


TOPICS: US: California; US: Nevada
KEYWORDS: yosemite

1 posted on 08/26/2013 10:08:29 AM PDT by Red Badger
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To: Red Badger

Terrorists?


2 posted on 08/26/2013 10:14:16 AM PDT by moovova
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To: moovova

Bears playing with matches and Charmin toilet paper.............


3 posted on 08/26/2013 10:18:02 AM PDT by Red Badger
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To: Red Badger

Sure glad they saved all those precious sequoias from logging!


4 posted on 08/26/2013 10:21:38 AM PDT by Dogbert41 (Thy Kingdom come!)
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I wonder if they will allow loggers to come in and remove the burned out trees?............


5 posted on 08/26/2013 10:23:15 AM PDT by Red Badger
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To: Red Badger
I wonder if they will allow loggers to come in and remove the burned out trees?

When I last visited Yosemite in 2005, there were huge brush piles near the side of the roads everywhere. They'd apparently been gathered from the forests by crews, and were waiting to be hauled off.

6 posted on 08/26/2013 10:34:19 AM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Red Badger

NO! I believe the dead, burned out trees are prime nesting for cross-eyed owls.


7 posted on 08/26/2013 10:34:48 AM PDT by Gadsden1st
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To: Gadsden1st

The burned out trees ARE prime nesting areas for TERMITES................


8 posted on 08/26/2013 10:37:34 AM PDT by Red Badger
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To: Windflier

What you wanna bet they were still there and ADDED ‘fuel to the fire’............


9 posted on 08/26/2013 10:38:36 AM PDT by Red Badger
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To: Red Badger

the basic cause of the fire’s spread is NOT a drought.

the basic cause of the fire’s spread is too much fuel ( dead trees and such ).


10 posted on 08/26/2013 10:40:07 AM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: Red Badger

if theyd allowed a cleanup prior to the CONFLAGRATION this wouldnt be a firestorm!

DANG the Sierra Club, their Propaganda and their ARMY of LAWYERS


11 posted on 08/26/2013 10:41:16 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey (Block Captain..Tyranny Response Team / al-Kilab Division)
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To: Red Badger

The CARBON CRAZIES must be pulling their hair out with all these fires


12 posted on 08/26/2013 10:45:12 AM PDT by molson209 (Hillary Clinton)
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To: molson209

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3058963/posts


13 posted on 08/26/2013 10:45:29 AM PDT by Red Badger
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To: Red Badger; All

Anyone know if there is a scale available for that pic?


14 posted on 08/26/2013 10:54:04 AM PDT by ken5050 (2014 Tea Party Trifecta! Retire Mitch, Lamar, and Lindsey)
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Devastation: Another snapshot from space shows a wildfire that has already consumed more than 200 square miles, now raging out of control in California's Yosemite National Park http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2401641/NASA-astronaut-snaps-striking-photo-sraging-Yosemite-seen-International-Space-Station.html
15 posted on 08/26/2013 11:09:58 AM PDT by Red Badger
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To: Red Badger
What you wanna bet they were still there and ADDED ‘fuel to the fire’

I'll bet they weren't. When I saw it, it was an active operation.

16 posted on 08/26/2013 11:10:34 AM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Red Badger
I flew over it yesterday. It's nasty big.

So when the carpet of pine seedlings and manzanita sprout from the ashes and it burns again, how many cycles do we need before the greenies start to realize that they aren't going to get their climax forest this way?

I know, rhetorical question.

For reference as to how we got here, please consult this thread.

17 posted on 08/26/2013 11:10:54 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (Islam offers choices: convert, submit, or die.)
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To: ken5050

Mono to Walker Lake (center to center) distance is about 50 miles.

In the Reno Tahoe area, we’ve been breathing the fine old-growth stink since last week (with a break last evening when the wind shifted for a while).


18 posted on 08/26/2013 11:14:02 AM PDT by Atlas Sneezed (Universal Background Check -> Registration -> Confiscation -> Oppression -> Extermination)
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To: Windflier

But were they government workers (I know it’s and oxymoron) or were they private company contractors?.............


19 posted on 08/26/2013 11:32:11 AM PDT by Red Badger
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I wonder if they will allow loggers to come in and remove the burned out trees?............

There was a compost / mulch business that started just east of the Bastrop fires the other year. Several mounds of ground up wood "started on fire" last week. Eco terrorists suspected.

20 posted on 08/26/2013 12:40:41 PM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (The Second Amendment is NOT about the right to hunt. It IS a right to shoot tyrants.)
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To: Red Badger

Arson. Forest Jihad:
http://www.pressbanner.com/view/full_story/23240761/article-Man-arrested-for-Henry-Cowell-arson

Photo:
http://www.mugshotsworld.com/OSMAN-WOUNUS-CHAUDHRY-4

You decide.


21 posted on 08/26/2013 12:45:33 PM PDT by doc maverick
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To: Arrowhead1952

Spontaneous combustion is possible. A local mulch distributor has signs posted on the front of his lot that on cool days ‘smoke’ may be seen rising from the mounds, some of which are 15 feet high, and that people should not call the fire department............


22 posted on 08/26/2013 12:46:05 PM PDT by Red Badger
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But were they government workers (I know it’s and oxymoron) or were they private company contractors?

I don't think it makes any difference. It was clearly an ongoing operation, and there would have been a public uproar if all those brush piles had been left on the road sides to dry out and become fire hazards. There were hundreds of them, and they were quite large.

23 posted on 08/26/2013 12:47:09 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Red Badger
Spontaneous combustion is possible.

Tractor trailer rigs with cut diesel fuel lines, buckets and lighters on the lot would rule that out. Three big rigs were a total loss.

24 posted on 08/26/2013 12:59:42 PM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (The Second Amendment is NOT about the right to hunt. It IS a right to shoot tyrants.)
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To: Arrowhead1952

New data. Requires rethink............


25 posted on 08/26/2013 1:02:39 PM PDT by Red Badger
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To: Atlas Sneezed; Red Badger

Many thanks..


26 posted on 08/26/2013 1:13:07 PM PDT by ken5050 (2014 Tea Party Trifecta! Retire Mitch, Lamar, and Lindsey)
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To: Gadsden1st

Cross-eyed owls are actually quite tasty
if you boil them overnight, throw out the
owl and eat the soup. Almost as good as
eating the azz end of an old buck skunk.


27 posted on 08/26/2013 1:15:15 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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