i think i can explain part of it but not all of it. the fire is in the air and moving at incredible speeds. the burn is from the top down. still, we see phenomena that appears to defy reason.You bring up something that has bothered me about those fires. The picture you took is a prime example. I keep/kept seeing whole neighborhoods of houses burnt to the ground, yet the dry vegetation right there in the immediate vicinity seems to have always been left untouched, as is evident in your shot. Now why is that?
frankly, i think U are on to something. this very thought crossed my mind in several instances. but then, there will be untouched man made stuff smack dab in the middle of devastation.It's almost like the fire seeks just man made things.
Here's the untouched house i mentioned...
the living tree line looks like it went thru a massive singe. like a brown out. the fire is moving so fast the living burns out before it can get going good enuf to burn down. the stairway to hell house was on the other side of it. look at the ground behind it and the burnt house to its left. Green! Even some green in the tree line behind them. Having said that it was about a month after the fires that I toured. Time for it to start coming back. But what about those fence posts? Those are wood and look totally unscathed!
the deck in the foreground? composite. singed in places.
Cars? Yup. this was 3-4 houses down from the stairway...
directly behind the car is the remains of a house. those trees that stood in close proximity, though devoid of most branches and greenery represent life defying the grim reaper. they must have endured exposure to incredible heat and flame.
Oh, U betcha. As far as I'm concerned anyway. Up in those hills i fully expected to see trees burnt to the ground or at least severely burned but that wasn't the case. It appeared more as a massive singe just like that tree line shows. out in the hills is was like a massive brown out with tiny areas showing absolutely no sign there had been a fire. If U took away what U saw surrounding these tiny areas U'd never know there had been a fire. just like that lone house. The only thing in my mind that could justify that was the idea that the fire was moving so fast in an environment of unusually low humidity pushed by unusually high winds clocking well over 50 mph. This all moving in forests alive with flora from ground to canopy top spread out in a topography where micro features played a significant role in a macro result. and the heart of the fire is up in the air, not down on the ground.Might there be some additional factors , some weird phenomena with the swirling winds I'm unaware of, that could bring my trusted house to it's knees anyway?
I hear ya Fred. Its mind boggling and fodder for conspiracy theory to any mind searching for understandings in the way of explanation in a time where we have enuf evidence to be aware we are under attack. Indeed, life itself is under attack. And we have some idea of the advanced technologies available to anti-life forces such as what Tesla dubbed the death ray. We seem to possess an unrequited desire to understand the mysteries upon which the wings of this universe fly. I know i do as witnessed by this piece...Evidence of some sort of Tesla type of weapon?