On 30 August 2007 I got caught in a small thunderstorm on the Willow Creek Trail. I took refuge temporarily under a tree at the junction with the connector trail to Laws Camp, to try to wait it out, when a lightning bolt hit two seconds of sound travel time away, 0.7 km or 0.4 mile.
At the time, I didn't think anything of this except to be glad it didn't hit zero seconds away. (;-)
However, as I climbed back up the Willow Creek Trail, two other hikers pointed out the smoke from this fire to me. I thought at first it was just a water vapor cloud, but it quickly became clear it was smoke since it had a bluish tint, and the smoke was being blown by the wind from a stationary source.
The following pictures were taken over the span of five minutes. It looks like the fire is dying down in the last picture.
Time Picture 4:01 p.m. 4:02 p.m. 4:03 p.m. 4:05 p.m.
Compare the above pictures with what I think is a water vapor cloud seen at 4:05 p.m. as well in the pictures below. In the first picture, the water vapor cloud is at upper right; the smoke from the fire is at lower left.
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Updated 30 August 2007.