June 22nd, 2008

laszlo moholy-nagy_chx

Summer

That thunderstorm passing through yesterday afternoon lit 27 fires in Butte County, and some four hundred in the region. I smelled one of them just after midnight last night, riding the soft northern breeze. All night the scent of smoke pervaded the atmosphere, though the flames were too distant for their light to be seen from my yard where, oblivious, the crickets sang. All day today the water bombers passed over my house, rattling the windows like the thunder of that storm which had sent them aloft. They do not fly by night, and quiet has returned, but the smell of smoke lingers. Three fires are within a dozen miles of the house, but no more evacuations are apt to be imposed in the town. Still, best if the wind does not arise tonight.

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