Yesterday afternoon (Fri, June 3rd) I left the office for a few hours to check on the Hastings wildland forest fire burning about 10-15 miles from my home. Continued dry weather and strong winds caused the fire to advance and I sat on a hillside watching some amazing smoke columns form while an aerial assault by planes and helicopters attempted to stave off the leading edges of the blaze. The fire was 600 acres on Monday and was 6000 and growing on Friday. The power of fire moving through a forest is an amazing sight to behold. I was mesmerized between shooting frames. Updates can be found on the InciWeb site.