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1.30.2008

Star Telegram Front Page


It's not Wise County, but a heck of a picture.

Edit: As some of the posts have questioned, has that picture been photoshopped to some extent to make it appear the flames are greater than they actually were? I don't know. I would hope not. But it sure has me thinking.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well, I guess we'll get all of our "late-breaking" news from Barry again, today. The Messenger's "Upchuck" site won't open again!

Anonymous said...

It is a good picture, but the light that looks like firelight is actually sunlight. Well composed, but it is "fake" insofar as what we think we see as fire is actually sunset.

WCMessenger said...

Yes, sorry, WCMessenger.com's webhost is having issues again (always with breaking news it seems). They're actualy upgrading the server as we speak. Hopefully it will be up soon...

Anonymous said...

at least we have barry's blog, the star-telegram and the morning news web sites to keep us updated.
all the money and resourses the WCM puts into to their little fancy web site, and it is the most unreliable new source around when we REALLY need to know something.

Anonymous said...

who cares if its fire, sunset, smoke or all of the above. that is a GREAT photo by the telegram, and nothing competes with it in the WCM today. they most of not been at the fires very long yesterday.

Anonymous said...

the MESS is too busy filling the paper with worthless stock show stuff to care much about whats really going on in wise county

Anonymous said...

For those of you that will insist it's a giant wall of fire, please ask yourself 1) what are those firemen doing walking right into it with minimal protection? 2) how they could be standing right there considering the heat that would be associated with an inferno of that magnitude? and 3) what is it that would be burning so mightily when the area right in front of them where the "fire" is consists of concrete and short grass on either side.

Anonymous said...

9:33, who cares? Well, do we care about news being portrayed accurately? Probably not. It's a fabulous photograph, and as a volunteer fireman I would like it as my computer wallpaper, but in its context it is deceit. This was smoke from a line of burning grass and bushes that clearly was not too much of a problem for the firefighters. Instead, someone looking at the front page is thinking "oh my God, how horrible, how devastating, how incredible"...

Anonymous said...

Forget the fireman and truck are in the picture. Instead, imagine a custody hearing in which the mother tells the judge, "Judge, I'll tell you what kind of father my ex-husband is...he took our son out to look at fires that were raging throughout the area, and before he drove my son into these flames he took this picture". Now does it matter if the judge knows it's nothing but a narrow smoke stream blowing across the road illuminated by the setting sun and NOT a giant inferno?

Anonymous said...

It offends me because all I could think about was 9/11.

Anonymous said...

9:45, i dont care if your are a firefighter or jeb bush, that is a great picture!

now go get some sleep

Anonymous said...

9:35, you need to move to Stephenville. Sounds like you could ask some serious questions about those supposed UFO sitings.

If I remember correctly, this photo is from one of the CA wildfires, and yes, its real.

The field of this photo is obviously limited. We have a restricted view of the width of what can be seen. What you can't see is the brush and trees on either side of the road because of the flames and smoke, not to mention the ridges of earth that form the canyons in that area of the country.

As to the road burning, asphalt roads will burn if the heat is intense enough, but what you are seeing on this concrete road is not the road burning, but the light produced by the flames as the flames are fanned across the road by the Santa Ana winds.

As to the fire fighters and their position and protection. Its entirely possible that this fire flashed over a ridge and moved with unbelievable speed thru the dry brush. Because of the clearness of the photo, I would suggest they are upwind and moving away from the fire. It is also nearly impossible to tell how far from the fire they actually are in a two dimensional photo without having some kind of scale for reference. They could be 100 feet or 100 yards from the fire.

Double Fake "California Joe" Duty

Anonymous said...

Hey Barry why didn't you post my comments about the a$$hole who threw the lit cig out this morning?????????? I still have his lic plate #'s. What's the matter are ya sceered?

Anonymous said...

Whatever is going on it's bad. The truck is backing away from the scene-note the reverse lights,and the firefighters on the far right and left have their helmets off and appear to be ready to fall out-note one on left is coughing. Why aren't they in the cab? Probably no time to load up just trying to get away from a blowup or something before bad things happen to them..

monkey said...

Well...If it's not fire...then where is all of the SMOKE COMMING FROM!... Dumb Ass!

Anonymous said...

Really - it's that unreliable? Then why are you truing to get onto their website anyway, if it's so bad?

This may be a newsflash, but when a website takes an enormous amount of hits, it can get overlogged, thus causing it to crash, or simply have a delay in opening.

Anonymous said...

Before you start name-calling, please learn how to spell COMING!