Stunning photos of pyrocumulus clouds over the Claremont-Bear Fire

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Claremont-Bear Fire, Sept. 8 ,2020
Claremont-Bear Fire, Sept. 8 ,2020. By Lori Mallory Eckhart.

Lori Mallory Eckhart took these remarkable photos of the Claremont-Bear Fire September 8, 2020, the day it made a massive run west to Oroville, California increasing in size by more than 100,000 acres in 24 hours. The camera she used was a Nikon D7100 with an f/3.5-6.3  18-300 mm lens.

The Claremont and Bear Fires burned together and are now managed as part of the 252,000-acre North Complex organization.

The white cloud above the smoke is a pyrocumulus cloud produced by the intense heating of the air over a fire. This induces convection, which causes the air mass to rise to a point of stability, where condensation occurs. If the fire is large enough, the cloud may continue to grow, becoming a cumulonimbus flammagenitus which may produce lightning and start another fire.

Claremont-Bear Fire, Sept. 8 ,2020
Claremont-Bear Fire, Sept. 8 ,2020. By Lori Mallory Eckhart.
Claremont-Bear Fire, Sept. 8 ,2020
Claremont-Bear Fire, Sept. 8 ,2020. By Lori Mallory Eckhart.
Claremont-Bear Fire, Sept. 8 ,2020
Claremont-Bear Fire, Sept. 8 ,2020. By Lori Mallory Eckhart.
Claremont-Bear Fire, Sept. 8 ,2020
Claremont-Bear Fire, Sept. 8 ,2020. By Lori Mallory Eckhart.

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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. Google+

10 thoughts on “Stunning photos of pyrocumulus clouds over the Claremont-Bear Fire”

  1. Great Photos! These things are dangerous to fly near not only because they can produce lightning, they can also collapse and produce tremendous out flow winds just like a thunder cell.

  2. I spent some time as a ground-pounder in Happy Camp, Cal. I heard that Happy Camp was decimated by the fires. Is that true?
    Please keep up your work, look forward to it daily..

        1. Many houses lost up Indian Creek, I’ve heard of two fatalities. I also lived there so it’s been a jolt to know what has happened to so many of the places I knew.

  3. Absolutely stunning photos, and puts into perspective the many fires causing huge smoke plumes across the West coast and out into the Pacific. As I write this, these clouds are now progressing across North America, affecting the East Coast and shortly the northern part of the country. These are wake-up calls that something serious is happening! Are you awoke!

  4. Awoke? Yes we’re awake, but are the spotted owls awake. Without timber harvesting and the forest management that comes with it, this is just a hint of what’s to come. Someone better wake up the feds and let them know that their owls are burning up in the fires that they caused.

  5. Someone explain, how are you going to log, thin, control burn, rake millions of acres across the West and central U.S.? Fires burn from the Pacific Ocean, through the Continental Divide, the Rocky Mountains to the prairies, grasslands, and farmlands.

    Humans love their trees and shrubs. No matter what defensible space you can encourage people to put around their properties, enforce new building codes, you have old communities all around the West, and Midwest including new developments where houses are built side by side like peas in a pod, row after row, after row.

    To me, climate change is now a PC term for global warming. The climate changes 4 x a year, seasonally where ever you live, and year after year. Global warming has increased across millennia, enhanced from the industrial revolution worldwide.

    The extreme drought across the West for years, unprecedented weather and fire behavior has contributed to the inability to control many of these new fires.

  6. Minnie, Building codes have changed, getting more aggressive as we speak. I completed building a California home in July 2017. All of my landscaping had to be approved by the local fire district and every construction material used on the exterior of the house was required to be fire-rated, include eave and foundation vents. Costs of building homes are going up dramatically as a result.

    For well over two years I have been using the term “Climate Disruption”. Climate change was coined by the “deep state” propaganda machine for varying reasons, but mainly to make it seem like it is normal. They did this when the term global warming was gaining traction. Climate disruption is more realistic, and is being exacerbated by the smoke covering North America right now!

    If we had an administration who was paying attention to something other than itself, efforts would have been put in place to address the damage previously and currently being caused by the extreme droughts. Telling everyone to get rakes is not addressing the issue!

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