Just got back in from a tour of the fire area and it was pretty interesting. Watched big National Guard helicopters filling the big bucket bladders in the marshes and taking off toward the smoke. Apparently they are only 20% contained at this point. The winds were blowing pretty stiff and new spots had sprung up on the east side of 123, but only in small pockets. Lots of signs of support for the firefighters on people's lawns. I was able to travel the newly opened 123 and found they had pretty much contained it to the west and it was now traveling north. From the looks of the smoke on the horizon, it is a BIG one. Along 123 (pictured) you can see how they held the line at the road. One side black and charred, the other green. From what I could see, few trees had been destroyed and it looked as if it was a rapidly spreading ground fire. All brush, grass and bush gone, but trees still intact and green at the top. I'm guessing it will recover very fast as others have said. Check out the stitched pano below or click HERE for a large version. Scroll all the way to the right to see how the fire was held at the road.
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