Ramp Fire in Southern California
September 17, 2006
During this past summer, a number of wildfires were observed in the valleys and deserts of southern California, many of which were been sparked by lightning. The Ramp Fire was so named because it began at a runaway truck ramp near the junction of Highway 138 and the 15 Freeway in Victor Valley. This fire began around 11:30 a.m. (local time) on July 22, and by noon the next day had burned nearly 450 acres and was only 50% contained. The photo above was taken around 1:00 p.m. (local time) on July 22, when the fire had burned approximately 200 acres. High winds fanned it in many different directions, but fortunately not toward us! We were about 15 miles (24 km) away. Although cumulonimbus clouds can form above large wildfires, the towering storm clouds in the background here aren't associated with the Ramp Fire.