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Schultz Fire by Night by Rhavethstine Schultz Fire by Night by Rhavethstine
If you've been paying attention to national news, you might have heard of this wildfire burning next to Flagstaff, Arizona. I was on this side of town when the initial gouts of smoke started rising from the pass... unfortunately also over an hour away from my camera equipment. Check out George Stocking's take on the initial development of the fire for an idea of what this beast turned into within just a couple short hours. The smoke pillar was quite intimidating and due to its size, also obliterated any hope of assessing the actual size of the fire.

So I went back out yesterday evening to see what had happened in the intervening 24 hours. Understand that the fire initially started in a tightly forested mountain pass just off-screen, to the left. After hiking to the top of a small cinder hill, the sight that greeted me in the night was surreal. It is a wonder none of those homes you see in the foreground were destroyed. Needless to say, these mountains won't be the same for a long time.
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elephants0299 Featured By Owner May 20, 2014
now it happened a while ago but now a huge fires coming straight for my neighborhoodWaaaah! 
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Rhavethstine Featured By Owner May 20, 2014
You talking about the fire down in Oak Creek right now?
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elephants0299 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
yes i think they got it out but its bigger than the schultz scary
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ArmoredFairy Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a beautiful (yet terrifying) shot of the fire. I'm going to school at NAU and know just how insane this past summer was.
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Superpouf Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010
wow, I love the long exposure with the star-lines and the fogginess of the fire/smoke. Fires can be SO scary... reminds me of when I was in Santa Barbara, CA and took about 200 shots of a huge fire that consumed many million-dollar homes and the hillsides of trees. :( News always make for interesting photographs!... Great capture here!!!
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kkart Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010  Professional Photographer
holy crap..........wow man you nailed this shot
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demarchand Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
agreed. perfect choice of exposure factors. wow, what a pic.
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Handie Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
What an incredible shot!! It's hard to sit and marvel at how beautiful, and how awful this is at the same time!
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010
I just drove past this no less than 3 hours ago...Looks like they had it all contained for the most part. What a shame though
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Rhavethstine Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010
Yeah it was 50% contained last I heard. They've got a good line around it. Crews are starting to go home.
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010
Yeah when I was passing it there were just small white plumes of smoke on the inner of the mountain....Hopefully not too much damage is done up there. I know its over 15,000 acres or so
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stevensaysitsme Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010
Holy crap! I didn't think it was so close to town. Scary :( It will be fun to watch the new plant life grow :)
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Rhavethstine Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010
Very positive way to look at it. :)
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stevensaysitsme Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010
I lived in the Grand Canyon and have been to Flag many times. Beautiful country no matter what :)
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Rhavethstine Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010
Ah, nice. What'd you do when you lived up at the Canyon?
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stevensaysitsme Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010
I worked at Bright Angel and Maswik lodge selling tours for a summer. 1999 I believe. We crossed from the North Rim to the South Rim in 12 1/2 hours :) Thought for sure my feet were going to be amputated :( But, a beer and some sleep proved sufficient.
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Rhavethstine Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010
Ah, very cool. Must have been quite the memorable experience. :)
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stevensaysitsme Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010
Best beer I've ever had :)
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xelf Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2010
That is effing stunning. :bow: At a glance I thought you had made a trip to photograph a volcano.

It looks like falling stars are pummeling the earth and burning. Amazing!
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Rhavethstine Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2010
Thanks, man. Gah, I wish I had an active volcano to photograph. :D
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xelf Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010
Iceland trip! Let's go!!!
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Rhavethstine Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010
How awesome would that be? :D

Did you catch this guy's photos of the eruption? [link]

Especially check out his eruption lightning photos. I could die mostly happy if I ever got shots like those. :drool:
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StarTyger Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2010
As I recall, there's a lot of dead trees in the area
which were killed by bark beetles during the drought.
Most of those trees remained standing.
This provides something of a ladder for fire to climb
allowing it to reach the tops of healthy trees.
It was really only a matter of time.
I have heard that Lockett Meadow could be reached by this fire.

The fire threat was on my mind
when I decided to move away from Flagstaff.
You should send the image down to the Republic.
They have had a slideshow with pictures of the fire.
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StarTyger Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010
...and check out this video: [link]
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:iconrhavethstine:
Rhavethstine Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010
Yeah, caught that video on Facebook when somebody linked to it. Very cool time lapse. Such an appropriate application of the technique.
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stg123 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2010
wow dis is wonderful :clap:
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KiyoshiAphelion Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010
Wow James! I've seen all these peoples daytime cell-pictures of the various fires around Flag (I was up there last week when Eagle Rock started) but I hadn't seen any professional quality photos until now. The smoke layers and lighting are absolutely incredible. Judging by the arc-length of the stars, I'd guess it's about a 4-5 minute exposure?
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Rhavethstine Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010
317 seconds, to be exact. :) Thanks, Craig!
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sjdebdaly Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that's a little scary...
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LadyAliceofOz Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
:wow: what an amazing capture :winner: but, honestly James... your artist's comments are just as good as the capture! :clap: Thanks so much for sharing this with us, for because I've been working hard, and not paying much attention to the news :phew: I just wasn't aware of this current wildfire :iconplusfav:
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photogrifos Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
James your photo is excellent, but the fire is so bad. Every time I hear about burned forests I almost want to cry, it's very sad.

Great photo anyway!
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Rhavethstine Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2010
Yeah, tell me about it. This was the third major fire to start in the area in about a week. :O
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photogrifos Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
That's very sad, hope they'll stop.
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BogdanEpure Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
It looks like it is raining with fire. Very good composition and exceptional shutter speed. I love the star effect on the artificial lights and also the star movement which kinda looks like it is raining with fire.
Amazing!
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Rhavethstine Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010
Thanks, man! :)
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BogdanEpure Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome.
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