The National Park Service has released an amazing timelapse of the Rim Fire located in and around Yosemite National Park.
From the YouTube posting:
Time-lapse photography shows various perspectives of the 2013 Rim Fire, as viewed from Yosemite National Park. The first part of this video is from the Crane Flat Helibase. The fire is currently burning in wilderness and is not immediately threatening visitors or employees. The second half of the video is from Glacier Point, showing Yosemite Valley, and how little the smoke from the fire has impacted the Valley.
A little about the Rim Fire from Time Magazine:
Two weeks after the Rim Fire ignited, firefighters have the blaze about 30 percent contained. Backfires, small fires lit by crews to consume fuel and direct the main fire away from population centers, have succeeded in slowing the inferno, and cooler temperatures and higher humidity have fire officials optimistic, but they predict it will take two more weeks before the fire is fully contained.
And, according to the Associated Press, fire commanders are using a Predator drone to help keep track of the fire.
“The drone is providing data directly back to the incident commander, allowing him to make quick decisions about which resources to deploy and where,” [California fire spokesman Daniel] Berlant said.
Previously, officials relied on helicopters that needed to refuel every two hours.
While unmanned aircraft have mapped past fires, use of the Predator will be the longest sustained mission by a drone in California to broadcast information to firefighters in real time.
The plane, the size of a small Cessna, will remain over the burn zone for up to 22 hours at a time, allowing fire commanders to monitor fire activity, determine the fire’s direction of movement, the extent of containment and confirm new fires ignited by lightning or flying embers.
The drone is being flown by the 163rd Wing of the California National Guard at March Air Reserve Base in Riverside and is operating from Victorville Airport, both in Southern California. It generally flew over unpopulated areas on its 300-mile flight to the Rim Fire. Outside the fire area, it will be escorted by a manned aircraft.
Find current official information on the fire visit here.
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