Emergency Service

Pyrocumulus Fire Cloud Looms Over Boise

PyrocumulusA giant Pyrocumulus cloud loomed over the Boise Foothills at sunset Friday as wild land firefighters conducted a “burnout” on one flank of the Pioneer Fire north of Idaho City. A burnout is intended to “fight fire with fire” by consuming fuels in a controlled manner.

The cloud is caused by moisture in the fuel rising in the smoke and then creating the pyro cloud atop the smoke. The dramatic display prompted some calls to local 911 dispatch in Boise.

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  1. Bieter Begone
    Aug 13, 2016, 10:38 am

    I think we’re feeling the effects of that burn here in the valley on Saturday. Cough cough cough.

  2. Yossarian_22
    Aug 15, 2016, 8:39 am

    Yeah, I saw a AH-1 Firewatch chopper come back from that operation yesterday. This has been one mean fire.

  3. Environmentalist Failure... Again
    Aug 15, 2016, 10:50 am

    Have sales of the largest professional chainsaws increased in the USA since the environmentalists took over managing the forests? I’m certain they have. But don’t have the facts in hand.

    What has not burned has been insect killed while the fire managers have bilked the country worse than the military suppliers.

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