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SMOKEYDOGSOCKS

VACAVILLE, CALIFORNIA, United States

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ONE NIGHT I NOTICED A RED GLOW OUTSIDE, SO I WENT OUT TO SEE WHAT IT WAS AND I DISCOVERED CHERRY GLENN HILLSIDE WAS IN FULL BLAZE. THAT PARTICULAR HILLSIDE IS RIGHT NEXT TO INTERSTATE 80 IN VACAVILLE CALIFORNIA AND IS A REGULAR SUMMER TARGET FOR PEOPLE THAT LIKE TO THROW CIGARETTE BUTTS OUT THEIR CAR OR TRUCK WINDOW. AS THE CROW FLIES, THIS FIRE IS “CLOSE TO HOME”, AT ONLY ONE & ONE HALF MILES FROM MY HOUSE. I GRABBED MY CAMERA AND DROVE TO THE PARKING LOT AT A LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL THAT IS ONLY TWO BLOCKS FROM MY HOUSE AND UP ON A HILL. THAT ELEVATION GAVE ME A GREAT VANTAGE POINT TO VIEW THE FIRE AND GET SEVERAL PHOTOS OF THE BLAZE. THIS HILL BURNS EVERY YEAR WHEN SUMMER ROLLS AROUND. WE HAVE SEVERAL HILL AREAS AND VALLEY AREAS THAT, FOR SOME REASON, BECOME TARGETS TO BE BURNED EVERY YEAR. VACAVILLE IS LOCATED RIGHT AT THE SOUTHERN MOST PORTION OF THE CASCADE MOUNTAIN RANGE THAT STARTS ALL THE WAY UP INTO CANADA. THE HILLS SURROUND THE TOWN ON THREE SIDES AND HAVE, ON A COUPLE OF OCCATIONS, COME CLOSE TO BURNING VACAVILLE DOWN. IN 1965, WE HAD ONE SO BAD THAT KIDS COULDN’T GO HOME FROM SCHOOL UNLESS THE PARENTS CAME AND PICKED US UP. THAT ONE WAS CALLED, BLACK THURSDAY, WE’VE HAD A BLACK WEDNESDAY AND A BLACK SUNDAY SINCE. THIS IMAGE WAS TAKEN AT APPROXIMATELY 9:30 PM, SHOT ON KODAK 100 ASA FILM AND SCANNED FROM A 3X5 INTO MY COMPUTER WITHOUT ANY TOUCH UPS FROM DIGITAL PROGRAMS OTHER THAN NOISE REDUCTION AND DUST REMOVEL.

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