Here's what the smoke plume looks like, looking towards the southwest from the front step:
It's hit the 9News website, currently being called the Black Mountain Fire. (See their story here.) It's burning in Pike National Forest between Black Mountain and Shadow Mountain, so it's closer to us than any of the past major fires (Snaking, Hi Meadows, Buffalo Creek) and I'm a bit freaked since we know a lot of people that live up in the area. Dad's going into work late and calling people... it's a bit surreal.
I really should give Gela a call and see how she's doing, but after the time spent on the phone today I'm not sure my phone mojo will hold out. Dad got ahold of a family friend that lives on Shadow Mountain and he said the area's been closed off to nonresidents. Erm. Still hearing slurry bombers but none as close or low as earlier so I guess I passed my chance for a good photo of one.
Got my chance, two came over low and loud. Hooray for a good shot, wish I'd had the Nikon working so I could have gotten some good film shots too.