|Smoke from the Washington Fire obscures the sun, as seen from Topaz Lake Sunday afternoon|
|The Washington Fire near Silver Peak|
Depending upon the wind direction, the fire could head towards the town of Markleeville in Alpine County, California, over Monitor Pass towards Topaz Lake on the California/Nevada border, or towards neighborhoods in Nevada along Highway 395 between the two. The most immediate concern was the town of Markleeville if the fire spread north, but with trees dry from drought and two days of high winds in the forecast, the fire could easily jump the East Carson River and head into Nevada.
|Highway 89 over Monitor Pass|
|The edge of the smoke plume over Topaz Lake|
|The smoke as seen from Leviathan Mine Road|
I captured some photos and video clips from a safe distance north of the smoke, then returned to Highway 395. Heading south from Simee Dimeh to Topaz Lake, the smoke had darkened to dark brown. It was so dark, vehicles had their headlights on.
The +Pacific Crest Trail Association published this map earlier today showing the extent of the fire:
I'll upload more photos to DripThat, a new app and community which facilitates the telling of stories through pictures, video and text. You can find the DripThat app in the Apple App Store http://bit.ly/1dhaequ (Android soon), and you can connect with me in the community to see more of my photos from my road trips: https://dripthat.Current MODIS map of #WashingtonFire and #PacificCrestTrail near #EbbettsPass http://t.co/MhAivxy5S1 pic.twitter.com/8J722TBMl9— Pacific Crest Trail (@PCTAssociation) June 22, 2015
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