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    Zion is on fire

    Well the wildfires that started up near the upper portion of Zion have jumped down into the main canyon. The roads going through the area hwy. 9 is closed to through traffic. On the east of me on the old road going south to Vegas over what is called Utah hill (one of the highest mountains in Utah) is another out of control wildfire, that is closing in on the east side of St. George to many of the communities there like bloomington, and Stanta Clara. No signs of rain until maybe Wednesday. For now I'm safe where I am, but it stinks, and the visiblitity here is down to a couple of miles. For those that have been here a couple of miles is bad. Usually you can see to the Horizon line 50 or more miles away with no obstruction. All of these have been set by humans doing stupid things. It is fire season, and tinder dry with temps in the 110 range. Starting and leaving a camp fire is stupid. Throwing a lit cigarette out the car window is also stupid. So far no homes have burned, but many are now in danger. No lives have been lost, but I'm sure the wildlife has suffered.

    http://activefiremaps.fs.fed.us/fire...06177_0300.pdf

    the above map will have where the fires are active in red. If it doesn't work, I will put the main page with directions to the fires location along with it on here.
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    Aggie,

    That is very unfortunate to hear. I hope that you and your home remain safe.

    Certainly hope that the wildlife and forests remain as unscathed as possible and the fires are brought under control as quickly as possible. I certainly would not like to see this gem of a National Park damaged to any degree.

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    Dealing with fires started by dry lightning is bad enough, but those started by stupidity are inexcuseable. Too bad we can't turn stupid people back at the state borders.
    [COLOR=SlateGray]"You can't depend on your eyes if your imagination is out of focus." -Mark Twain[/COLOR]

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    go buy some velvia and take pictures of the sunset. forest fires create some of the most amazing sunsets. maybe wednesdy the rain will come your way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tommy5c
    go buy some velvia and take pictures of the sunset. forest fires create some of the most amazing sunsets. maybe wednesdy the rain will come your way.
    Yes, the world needs more sunset photos

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    Quote Originally Posted by rbarker
    Dealing with fires started by dry lightning is bad enough, but those started by stupidity are inexcuseable. Too bad we can't turn stupid people back at the state borders.
    If Utah turned stupid people back at the borders there would be like maybe 15 people in this whole state.

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    I love chicken on a Sunday but Aggie is one tough bird I would not wish to see roast! Stay safe!


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    <rant> OK, pet peeve. When I'm camping and it's 110 degrees why in hell does anyone need a fire. Somehow we have this stupid romantic notion that you aren't camping unless something's on fire. Harley people are the worst. After converting gasoline to noise all day long they have to pull in next to me and make a fire. Then they have to start the damn thing up and rev the motor until the rods stretch about 3 hours after the fire finally died out. Usually about 4:49 AM. IQ = average speed on the hiway. </rant>
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    Jim,

    my experiences are even worse. They pull into the camp site and keep the engine going to power their TV's and stereos.

    Also, when they pull out, they leave the fire going. I hate putting out other people's campfires.

    Matt

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    Quote Originally Posted by tommy5c
    go buy some velvia and take pictures of the sunset. forest fires create some of the most amazing sunsets. maybe wednesdy the rain will come your way.
    After the fire change to B&W film.

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