Either the smoke expanded alot or this thing is burning fast. Alot bigger area now on 46ers links from this morning.
That probably because of the back fires. Just a guess though.
A forest fire burns in all directions from the point of origin. It just moves faster in the direction of the wind. A slight wind change can turn a flank into a head fire.Yes, it's puzzling. I was in the woods the day the fire started, over by Shoal Branch. The winds were strong out of the SSW. I thought backfires would have been set to meet the fire, not to catch up with it. But it does kind of make sense, what they did. It was a way to protect Warren Grove--if the winds shifted just a little bit they'd be in danger.