Beside Little League Baseball, I’ve been shooting other assignments, including an all-day trek to Covelo to cover the North Pass fire in the Mendocino National Forest.  I would’ve liked to have stayed longer, but my tank was running on empty due to 10 days of work. The fire, which was started by lightning nearly three weeks ago is 60 percent contained at 42,144 acres.

In the forecast starting Wednesday is a threat of thunderstorms with possible elevated convection (which can translate in to dry lightning). As far as summer goes, our warmest and windiest period of the year is coming up.  As usual, the Press Democrat photo staff will be out and about documenting cause and affect /effect.  Stay tuned.

Contract tree faller Ray Mendoza calls it a day on a portion of the Mendocino National Forest, Wednesday August 29, 2012 near Covelo. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2012

Burned trees stand sentinnel over a portion of the Mendocino National Forest, Wednesday August 29, 2012 near Covelo. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2012

Contract tree faller Ray Mendoza clears a snag in the Mendocino National Forest, Wednesday August 29, 2012 near Covelo. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2012

Bryan Scott a USFS tree faller from the San Bernardino National Forest takes a photograph of the North Pass fire off of Indian Dick Road near Covelo, Wednesday August 29. 2012. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2012

A sign on Highway 162 in Round Valley, Wednesday August 29, 2012. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2012

-Kent Porter