The slideshow of photos shows what the fire left behind--lots of black trees and ash. One of the pictures shows green bushes saved by the red fire retardant dropped by an airplane.
Our weather station was caught in the fire and suffered the same fate as these trees. It was left black and in ashes. As expected, nothing worked and we had to replace all the instruments. We didn't, however, expect to find the instruments totally melted away.
|An old RM Young wind monitor|
|The Temperature and Relative Humidity Sensor (and shield)|
|Ground Pyronometer (and melted wires)|
|Precipitation gauge, untouched by the fire, but the intense|
heat melted the tipping mechanism.
After the fire With new instruments
Weather data from this station can be found on the Mesowest website.
On the way home, we passed a grass fire on the side of the freeway. It was sure putting out a lot of smoke.