Posted by:RobDaHood, 3:46 PM GMT on April 12, 2012
I opened the door earlier this morning to let the dog take a walk and to inspect the garden area. I immediately noticed a strong smell of smoke in the air. The email and photos of Pottery's firefighting episode 2 days ago (to be included in comments section) were fresh in my mind, as was the NWS warning of fire weather this afternoon.
I walked the perimeter trying to determine the source. By the time I completed the loop, the smoke had thinned and I never detected a plume on the horizon, so with the stiff and variable breeze, I guess it was a good ways to the ENE of here.
Not a great way to start the morning. Low humidity, wind, very dry conditions, and lots of dead fuel on the ground from an very dry winter make perfect conditions for the rapid propagation of fires. These conditions are wide-spread this spring.
So...I'm keeping an eye out and I hope all of you are too.