It’s tough to explain what it’s like living in the high desert to someone without experience.
Anyway, I’m sitting here looking out the picture window of my office, when I notice smoke starting to rise in the distance.
Quite a ways into the distance … on the other side of the Black Mountains … so perhaps 30-40 miles away.
The black column quickly billowed up to about 10,000 feet and then started drifting eastward.
Ten minutes on, and the smoke has slowed, but it’s still there.
Odd. I wonder how many other people are watching it?
It does make me think about 1) how effective a smoke signal would actually be, but also 2) how useful it would be outside of a western movie, since it would probably take me almost 2 hours with a 4-wheel drive to get to the location of this fire.
Anyway, if you don’t live in the high desert, you’d never see this at all. Your visibility might be 10 miles or so.