I grew up in Arizona. I’ve never heard of Tacna, even though I’ve driven right past it many times on vacations to San Diego. That’s what “zoners” do, after all. I learned a little about Tacna on Tuesday, though. I was driving along I8, returning to Arizona after a short vacation in San Diego. From miles away, I saw a smoke plume rising above the southwestern desert like a tornado. It looked like the orc hosts of Mordor were preparing for war.
I got off at an exit about 40 or 42 miles east of Yuma to grab some photos. I don’t know anything about fires, but I didn’t think there was any chance of it being some sort of controlled burn. I hoped that the local fire crews and first responders had things under control. The area seemed fairly remote, so assistance was likely limited and some ways off.
I’ve included a few photos here. I wish I’d pulled off at the next exit. I think that angle afforded a better opportunity to catch the fire’s fury and flames. I did stop for gas in Dateland, and I asked the gentleman working at the Texaco if he’d heard about a fire a few miles west. He said that it was a wildfire, and that the regional firehouses had been called in to help with it. I tried to find it online, and my best guess is that it was the “38e fire”. I hope they got it under control.