Skip to comments.Creek Fire Forces Hikers Into ‘Mordor’ Smoke and Across Sierra, Including a Boy and Dog
Posted on 09/11/2020 3:02:39 PM PDT by nickcarraway
The Creek Fire now one of the largest wildfires burning in California had just ignited at the start of Labor Day weekend as many departed into the Sierra Nevada, expecting three days of mountain bliss.
Instead, unaware backpackers without cell service faced an exploding wildfire that has grown by thousands of acres daily in eastern Fresno and Madera counties since Friday night.
Some are still unaccounted for. Fresno County Sheriffs Office spokesman Tony Botti said he thought approximately 10 hikers still hadnt been located, but werent officially considered missing as of Thursday afternoon. Hiker Heather Craig, reported missing by her father, is among them.
Creek Fire firefighters, evacuees fill Fresno-area hotels. A turnaround from COVID-19 Their families may or may not have heard from them, Botti said. So we keep in touch with them for updates and cross them off the list if they check in.
The sheriffs office is planning to deploy aircraft with thermal imaging to search for hikers, what might begin Friday, Botti said.
Of those who have made it safely home, here are six of their escape stories, including a caravan through flames and some young, brave adventurers forced to cross the Sierra Nevada for the first time.
1. THROUGH SHAVER LAKE FLAMES FROM CHINA PEAK On Sunday the day after a group surrounded by fire at Mammoth Pool Reservoir was flown to safety there were still many hikers in the mountains, including Pam Geisel Plemmons.
(Excerpt) Read more at fresnobee.com ...
I live in the Eastern Sierra and was wondering about all the hikers in the back country. Now I know. They crossed the Sierra and came here.
This summer I have done more camping and hiking than ever before. Good outdoor activities for social distancing with just the wife & dog. Because we were getting into some more remote areas with spotty (at best) cell coverage I got a ham license and HT. The last couple of trips I had the area repeaters programmed in. Really only effective if you can get to high ground but...better than nothing.
LOL, you must have got the reference...it is definitely a cult movie!
California’s governor was interviewed on NBC Nightly News today. To his sympathetic interviewer hee blames the fire on global warming.
One does not simply walk your dog to Mordor, boy...
It may not have been in good taste, but it tasted good...
My goodness! Has he forgotten to blame Trump in an election year?
Hahahahahahaha...my wife never forgave me for getting her to watch it with me!
You might try a Garmin InReach with sat service. It is what I use on remote backpacking trips.
It’s the first thing I thought of when I saw the headline.
I thought the same thing.
Thanks, I’ll check it out.
When I first read it, I actually SAW “A Boy and His Dog” not “a Boy and Dog” and I thought “Ho, this should be interesting!” until my brain figured it out, and I got puzzled and thought “That is one poorly worded title...” I know they have to sometimes compress that kind of thing for space and editorial reasons, but...that’s what they get paid for.
The visual sense is a funny one. As I get older, I will find myself glancing at a sign or magazine, and for a barely perceptible slice of time my eyes see it completely accurately and completely wrong at the same time...
My eyes SEE that sign say something, and before reality snaps into place and my mind correctly unscrambles and registers what my eyes initially sent it, I can only shake my head...
But I admit, I sometimes enjoy it. My mind, as much as I resist, can be dirty at times, and when I misperceive that sign while driving in the car, the results make me kind of snort with a suppressed laugh. I turn to my wife and say “You know what I thought that sign said???”
And the love of my life rolls her eyes at me in exasperation before she even hears what I thought it was...:)
Sigh. As you get older, you have to entertain yourself sometimes...
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