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Terrible Fire Near Astrogeology's Home Town of Flagstaff

Friday, June 23, 2006

Brins Fire
Courtesy Brent Archinal (© 2006)
These pictures were taken from the Schnebly Hill Road overlook between 9 and 10:30 PM Friday night, June 22, 2006. The fire was pretty much covering all that Brent Archinal could see of the eastern side of Wilson Mountain.

Brent reports that one can see generally the flare-up of the left (southern) part of the fire as it climbs up a huge cliff (~1,000-1,500 ft high), and also as fire streams down a narrow line from the top of the mountain just to the right of that same area. There are also a couple of photos of the (apparently) contract television crew that did a live report from there to a Phoenix station. That's why much of the foreground vegetation in all the photos is brightly lit.

There is some "astrogeology" here, Brent writes, as in the first two photos. The "star" just above the mountain to the left-center (almost in some of the flames) is Mercury, with the stars Castor and Pollux together above the mountain at right. Those images and later images also show two "stars" to the upper left, which are Saturn (brighter) and Mars.


fire on the horizon
Courtesy Brent Archinal (© 2006)
fire on the horizon
Courtesy Brent Archinal (© 2006)