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Old 08-15-2012, 09:29 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Signal Peak - Small Fire

So, I took one of the kids home from college for a quick run up Signal Peak in the RZR. We got up to the top, and after he took a few Usain Bolt pose photos..lol.....I noticed some smoke...not far from the road split that heads over to Rattlesnake Road.

We watched it for a while...trying to tell if it was just dust from a quad or smoke...it was pretty faint. It was definitely smoke and an odd place for a campfire....especially considering it was still 78 degrees at 8000 feet.

So we headed back down...trying to keep our eyes on it to determine the location. We finally stopped at the split to Rattlesnake...and sent the boy hiking higher, while I drove up the hill.

Yes...he's there in the photo....it's like where's waldo. The odd part, from this distance, we could talk in a normal speaking voice and easily hear each other. Good acoustics there.


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At around the same time...be both saw a faint puff of smoke and we were on the right track....so I picked him up, we parked. I grabbed the GPS and we started hiking.

About 1/4 mile later and a million sticker burrs on my socks and shoe laces...we ran into this. Clearly a lightning strike....One small flame, and about a 10 foot diameter of smoldering embers....it was quite warm standing there and plenty of fuel to get going if a breeze came up.





While we were there...another flame area popped up.



Since we were only there for a couple hours...we had nothing...and we didn't want move anything, out of fear we'd just spread something hot to another area. So I took my GPS and got an exact fix on the location with a waypoint.

Since the only thing we had liquid at our disposal.....you guessed it.



We hiked back to the RZR, and bolted down the hill. I called my friend who works at CalFire, and he gave me the number for that area. I called Lynn at CalFire Grass Valley. She took the GPS coordinates and was going to send a team to take care of it.

All my years in the forest...and that was a first.
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Old 08-15-2012, 09:47 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Nice job not spreading it. With out tools and water the best thing to do is call in the pros sooner than later. Luckily fire doesnt burn that well up high. Nice job. As being an ex wild land fire fighter up on the TNF I have pissed on quite a few hot spots as well.

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Old 08-15-2012, 09:55 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Old 08-15-2012, 04:30 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I'll let the two firefighters who went up to put it out know how the fire was contained after they are done hand feeling it for heat. Ha Ha priceless. Thanks for reporting the fire too.
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Lol thanks Brushmnky for letting me know I possibly put my hand in some dudes piss after I put the fire out lol. It grew a couple feet from the pics posted to this morning.
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Good job Ken!
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Old 08-15-2012, 09:40 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Good eye!Thanks for catching that!
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Very Nice.. And Great Job.. Scary times up there with all the lighting strikes...

Can you share the phone number so All that wheel the Fordyce area can program it in their phones..

I also wonder if there is a Ham Channel as well..

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Very Nice.. And Great Job.. Scary times up there with all the lighting strikes...

Can you share the phone number so All that wheel the Fordyce area can program it in their phones..

I also wonder if there is a Ham Channel as well..

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Thank you for being on your toes.

Having first responder contact information is always good to have. Did you have cell coverage at the site of the fire? I know I've got 3g (not to mention great 2m coverage) around Signal Peak.
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Nice!

I came across one when we were snow wheeling on Iron Mt Road. Put it out with some shovels...
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