This is the last weekend for the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy’s photo exhibit at Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts. The last day is Feb 16. Hope you got to see it but if not, here is a very quick view of all the images. CLICK HERE to go to YouTube video.
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After the 4th fire engine went by our neighborhood, I looked out the window and got a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach when I saw the smoke on top of the mountains. I jumped in the car and just 4 miles away I got there in time to see them dropping slurry and water on the ridge that includes Toms Thumb (scroll down for video link). Because of the expertise of our firefighters, the fire was contained to just 200 acres. Whew! The probably cause was electrical sparks from construction on a house at the base of the mountain. Wildfire is a constant threat in the summer and with two thirds of Scottsdale being either Preserve or natural area open space (NOAS), these fires can be a real threat to homes. The last fire that came dangerously close to the neighborhoods up here was in 1995, the year we moved here. That fire destroyed thousands of acres of pristine desert. A real heartbreak. VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/user/ezpixels
Video captured with Canon SX1 IS