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Maggie Koerth-Baker at 8:14 am Tue, Mar 12, 2013
Minnesota Public Radio has an interesting page documenting that fire’s “pyrocumulus” clouds. I particularly like the ani-gif of a satellite view of the growing plume; just about halfway down the page.
After seeing a bit of last year’s 21,000 acre Duck Lake fire in da U.P., I can barely imagine what the much-huger Pagami Creek fire must have looked like.
The one and only near-certain way to survive a firestorm – short of a sealed underground bunker with reserve air supplies – is to be in or on a river or other body of water. Most of the civilians who survived the retributive Allied Firebombings during WWII were those who fled into the rivers.