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andyandbriar.com - 9-15-07 Big Bear Lake, CA (forest fire & mtn biking)

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16 viewsWe left Vegas around 8am on Saturday Sept 15th. There was thick haze on the West side of the Vegas valley, and we originally thought Red Rock or Mt Charleston was burning...
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13 views...until we started down Rt 15, and realized that the smoke was coming from SW of Las Vegas.
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13 viewsWe drove in the direction of the smoke for 160 miles, until we cut south on Rt 247 in Barstow, CA.
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11 viewsAs we headed straight South, we began to get concerned.
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15 viewsAt the time, there were no reports on the news about forest fires, so we kept heading South, and drove into the Lucerne Valley.
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20 viewsApproaching Lucerne Valley.
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21 viewsIt got darker and darker as we drove into Lucerne Valley from the North.
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13 viewsWe made a left on Rt 18, which takes you up over the mountains and into Big Bear from the North.
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15 viewsThe smoke was very high in the air, we didn't even smell anything out of the ordinary!
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14 viewsThe sun was almost completely blotted out by the smoke- the shadow covered a large part of the valley.
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13 viewsAs we drove the curvy road up over the mountain, the billows of smoke got closer.
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25 viewsIt reminded me of a volcano erupting in the distance.
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15 viewsImagine living in this area and seeing the smoke getting closer to your house...
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14 viewsView from the main street in the town of Big Bear.
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13 viewsThis and the next few pictures were taken up on the mountain to the South of Big Bear, where the ski slopes are located. The fire is burning to the NW of the Lakes.
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