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Morgan Hill Weather News: Wednesday 6/25/2008 1:00pm

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Wednesday 6/25/2008 9:00am

Here are some useful resources for air quality and smoke impact:

California Air Pollution Control Officer's Association - Smoke Impact
AIRnow US Government multi-agency air quality site
Bay Area Air Quality Management District

Plus some statewide fire location maps:

California Fires 2008 on Google Maps - created by KSBW
Significant California Fires, June 2008 - Governor's Office of Emergency Services

Tuesday 6/24/2008 3:00pm

Visibility has steadily deteriorated this afternoon because of the smoky haze. From our
vantage point we can barely see for 2 miles in any direction across the valley. El Toro is
completely invisible to us. Stay inside if you can.

Monday 6/23/2008 10:20am

Official containment numbers from CAL FIRE at 7:15am this morning...

Hummingbird - 850 acres and 90% contained
Whitehurst  - 200 acres and 50% contained

Here is a video of a lightning strike in the Whitehurst area :

Sunday 6/22/2008 5:30pm

Hummingbird fire is now 815 acres and 50% contained.

Sunday 6/22/2008 12:30pm

Added some new time-lapse videos of the Hummingbird and Whitehurst fires.

Sunday 6/22/2008 11:35am

Here's the latest CAL FIRE update on lightning related fires across Northern California.

Here's the latest on the
Hummingbird and Whitehurst fires which burned through the
night. Also full coverage at the
Morgan Hill Times and Gilroy Dispatch .

Saturday 6/21/2008 9:55pm

Fires are still raging in the hills behind CordeValle. The fire lines are clearly visible below
the reflected orange glow from smoke above...

Saturday 6/21/2008 5:10pm

Here's a recent webcam snapshot of both the Hummingbird Lane fire (center) near
CordeValle and the Whitehurst Road fire up and to the right. There's actually a tanker
dropping orange retardant behind the center smoke plume but it's hard to see.

Saturday 6/21/2008 3:20pm

More lightning images captured by local photographer Mark Bristol...

Saturday 6/21/2008 3:00pm

Lightning continues to strike the mountains opposite us, from Morgan Hill all the way
down past Gilroy. Here's a photo of the Uvas fire about 40 minutes ago...

Saturday 6/21/2008 1:55pm

Unfortunately, looks like that big lightning bolt captured below started another fire. The
last thing we needed!!! Update... make that
two fires on the western hills!

Saturday 6/21/2008 1:45pm

Dark thundery skies, temperature of 94°F, lightning and it's RAINING ! You don't see that
every day in Morgan Hill and especially not in June. Let's hope we get some more showers
to dampen down our tinder-dry landscape.

Missed the lightning? No problem... we got it !!!

Friday 6/20/2008 4:15pm

Trabing Fire command has requested support from the large DC-10 air tanker 910 which is
available [update: request cancelled as of 4:28pm]

Friday 6/20/2008 3:30pm

The latest smoke plume gathering over the mountains behind Watsonville Rd is from the
Trabing Fire north of the City of Watsonville, near Hwy 1. Larkin Valley Rd area due west
of Watsonville Airport is currently very active. Temp is now 104°F !!!

Friday 6/20/2008 8:10am

Helicopter makes water drops on Brewster fire hot-spots...

Friday 6/20/2008 7:45am

CAL FIRE Helicopter now on scene...

Friday 6/20/2008 7:00am

Fire at West Edmundson and Brewster Lane. Five acres burnt and CDF responding on the
ground with a helicopter and dozer en route. A power line was down which could have
been the catalyst. See photo below from our webcam...

Friday 6/13/2008 6:35pm

It's been awhile since the last news update, partly because I was traveling in the
Caribbean -  see photos below. Wildfires still dominate the news. The Summit fire has
been replaced by the Martin fire over near Bonny Doon. Another very eerie smoke plume is
coloring this evening's sunset. Are we on Mars ?

For those more inclined towards a tropical sunset, here are a couple from Jamaica...
Morgan Hill or Mars?
Jamaica Sunset, Montego Bay June 2008
Jamaica Sunset, Montego Bay June 2008
Morgan Hill or Mars?
Fire at West Edmundson and Brewster in Morgan Hill
West Edmundson fire - CDF helicopter on scene
Helicopter makes water drop at 8:05am
Helicopter makes water drop at 8:10am
Smoke from the Trabing Fire near Watsonville
Morgan Hill storm and lightning - June 21st 2008
Morgan Hill storm and lightning - June 21st 2008
Morgan Hill storm and lightning - June 21st 2008
Lightning generated fire in Morgan Hill - June 21st 2008
Lightning generated fires in Morgan Hill - June 21st 2008
Uvas Rd fire in Morgan Hill - June 21st 2008
Morgan Hill Lightning - Mark Bristol
Morgan Hill Lightning - Mark Bristol
Morgan Hill Lightning - Mark Bristol
Hummingbird and Whitehurst fires - June 21st 2008
Fires rage into the night - June 21st 2008
Morgan Hill storm and lightning - June 21st 2008
Update: Fire started by a squirrel!
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