Up Close View of Saturday's One Acre Wildland Fire

My husband, Russ, and I walked down to the site of Saturday’s fire with a friend who lives on Aselu Court last evening.  As the crow flies, the fire was 450 FEET from their home.  As the trail walks it was about 20 minutes away.  I wanted to see what the fire looked like, what it left behind and just how big this frightening acre was.  It’s pretty interesting to me how little I know about “my own back yard”.

beginning hike behind Aselu and Wallim Courts in Mi Wuk Village
Beginning hike behind Aselu and Wallim Courts in Mi Wuk Village, around 6.30 p.m.

 

Hiking down toward the June 25th fire on Mi Wuk Village's eastern boundary
Hiking down toward the June 25th fire on Mi Wuk Village’s eastern boundary
Hiking down toward the June 25th fire on Mi Wuk Village's eastern boundary
Hiking down toward the June 25th fire on Mi Wuk Village’s eastern boundary. You can begin to see the ‘pink/red’ of the fire retardant dropped by the planes.  Fire fighters left hose around the perimeter of the active fire area for further cleanup.
Hiking down toward the June 25th fire on Mi Wuk Village's eastern boundary
Burn area
Hiking down toward the June 25th fire on Mi Wuk Village's eastern boundary
Burn area.
Hiking down toward the June 25th fire on Mi Wuk Village's eastern boundary
Burn area with a tinge of hot pink fire retardant
Hiking down toward the June 25th fire on Mi Wuk Village's eastern boundary
Rock outcrop at north perimeter of fire
Hiking down toward the June 25th fire on Mi Wuk Village's eastern boundary
Another view
Hiking down toward the June 25th fire on Mi Wuk Village's eastern boundary
Retardant tinted foliage in a very steep ravine near north boundary of fire
Hiking down toward the June 25th fire on Mi Wuk Village's eastern boundary
Check out the Mountain Misery/Bear Clover remains. This is why you are asked to keep it trimmed to 4″ or eradicate it!
Hiking down toward the June 25th fire on Mi Wuk Village's eastern boundary
Burn area and retardant drop area
Hiking down toward the June 25th fire on Mi Wuk Village's eastern boundary
The foliage is not autumn leaves
Hiking down toward the June 25th fire on Mi Wuk Village's eastern boundary
More hose on fire perimeter
Hiking down toward the June 25th fire on Mi Wuk Village's eastern boundary
Retardant coated boulders
Hiking down toward the June 25th fire on Mi Wuk Village's eastern boundary
Ant coated fire lines–they were covering the hose for yards and yards!
Hiking out of the June 25th fire on Mi Wuk Village's eastern boundary
We’re almost to an ‘N’ road for walking out of the area

It was a hot, sweaty, dripping hike to and from the fire site.  Imagine what it’s like for the fire fighters who a wearing their protective wild land turnouts while toting gear.  And this is “just a small fire”.

A thousand cheers for fire fighters everywhere, for everything that they do!

Now……be sure to come out on July 2 to the Pancake Breakfast fundraiser in support of our Mi Wuk Sugar Pine Fire Protection District.  8-11 a.m., $10 adults, $3 children 10 and under.  Eat in or take out.  I hope to see you there.

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    Thank you for all of the pictures. Truly scary how close the fire was to our piece of paradise. Very thankful for all of the firefighters and all they do to keep us safe!! Hope to make it up this weekend to enjoy some pancakes and thank the firefighters in person!

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    Thank you for the pictures. As two month new owners on Lama Tuemete, we walked down to the fire trail the evening of the fire and took video and almost were hit with fire retardant. I too am grateful for the fast acting fire fighters both on the ground and in the air.
    Would love to know the cause

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    Great pictures. As you said, this was just a small fire but it could have been much worse, if there wasn’t such a quick response from all departments of fire fighters.
    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    1. Blythe

      Thanks Arlen. I knew I wasn’t the only one who was curious!

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