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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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