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Telephone Canyon Fire Photos
Photographs of the March, 2006 fire along the road to the Chisos Basin.
4:25pm; fire view
Taken as the park fire crew was arriving in the Chisos Basin, appox. one hour after the start of the fire.
4:25pm; Fire close-up
Photographic zoom showing spread of fire after one hour.
Final perimeter of the fire
Topographic map detailing the final perimeter of the burn area
4:30-5:30pm burn period
Map showing extent of the burn area from 4:30-5:30pm on March 8, 2006.
5:30-6:00pm burn period
Map showing extent of the burn area from 5:30-6:00pm on March 8, 2006.
6:00pm-7:00 burn period
Map showing extent of the burn area from 6:00-7:00pm on March 8, 2006.
7:00+ burn period
Map showing extent of the burn area after 7:00pm on March 8, 2006.
4:26pm; detail of fire and road
Detail image of fire with vehicles on the campground access road. The campground was closed about an hour after the photo was taken.
4:26pm; view of fire
View of the fire from the entrance to the Chisos Basin campground; this area was used to stage equipment after the campground was closed.
4:29pm; fire spreading
View of the fire spreading up Pulliam Ridge
4:29pm; fire spreading
Another view of the fire spreading up Pulliam Ridge
4:30pm; wind shifts
Shifting winds helped spread the fire up the ridge and added a level of unpredictability to fire behavior.
4:30pm; increased flame lengths
Increased and variable winds lead to increased fire activity, including 50' flame lengths.
Increased flame activity in the fire.
4:31pm; detail of flames
Close-up view of fire spreading up Pulliam Ridge.
4:33pm; overall view
Overall view of fire area; the pass where the power and telephone line comes into the basin is clearly visible.
4:46pm; help begins to arrive
Help begins to arrive in the form of the park's wildland fire engine.
5:27pm; higher vantage point
Photographer moved above the campground for a higher vantage point; abou the time this photograph was taken an initial crew of park firefighters began initial attack on the western side of the fire.
5:27pm; close-up view
Telephoto view of fire area from Basin road. By this time the Campground was being evacuated.
5:27pm; fire area view
This higher vantage point affords a better view of the fire as a whole.