Monthly Archives: September 2014
Having been in the High Sierra for the weekend, repeating historic photographs of the Darwin Glacier, I was surprised to see a huge plume of smoke flowing away from Yosemite on my way home. It turns out the Meadow Fire, which was started by lightning in Mid July, blew up due to high winds on Sunday. While it’s now burning in high elevation lodgepole and granite and has slowed down considerably, it is somewhat unusual for this fire to have taken off at this elevation. Most previous fires in this area were much smaller and less intense, but the combination of drought, warm temperatures, and high winds that day showed us that this is maybe the new normal for fires at this elevation.