The Core Dump

A strong conviction that something must be done is the parent of many bad measures

[By Nic Lindh on Saturday, 03 July 2004]

The fires of doom

One of the summer traditions in Phoenix is unfortunately forest fires to the north of the city. At this point, the big one is called the “Willow” fire. Firefighters have set controlled burns that have expanded the size of the fire to 65,000 acres–a real monster, large enough now that the plumes are visible from downtown Phoenix 60 miles south of the fire.

The Arizona Republic has the story, including this freaky picture:

Welcome to Mount Doom

[Source: Rob Schumacher/The Arizona Republic]

The big building to the lower right of the image is the hospital where Andrea was born.

**Listening To: **“Together” by Front 242 itunes

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