Convection column in northern California

Coffee Complex smoke Column _8-8-2014
We’re not positive which of the fires north of Redding this smoke is from, but most likely it’s the Coffee Fire, 40 miles northwest of Redding. Photo by Bill Gabbert.

Driving back from dinner tonight in Redding, California, heading north, this smoke column was mesmerizing. There are three major fires north of the city, but we’re thinking this smoke was on the Coffee Fire where they conducted a burnout operation today. That fire is 40 miles northwest of Redding, and10 miles northwest of Trinity Center on the Shasta Trinity National Forest in the Trinity Alps.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.