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Looking back toward my Pinto Valley campsite, I see a whole hillside that escaped the 2005 brush fires

Looking back toward my Pinto Valley campsite, I see a whole hillside that escaped the 2005 brush fires These burned tree skeletons near Cliff Canyon Spring Peak #2 don't care much about the strong winds up here!ThumbnailsIt's a clear sunny day above the smog layer that's blowing across the Ivanpah Valley belowThese burned tree skeletons near Cliff Canyon Spring Peak #2 don't care much about the strong winds up here!ThumbnailsIt's a clear sunny day above the smog layer that's blowing across the Ivanpah Valley belowThese burned tree skeletons near Cliff Canyon Spring Peak #2 don't care much about the strong winds up here!ThumbnailsIt's a clear sunny day above the smog layer that's blowing across the Ivanpah Valley belowThese burned tree skeletons near Cliff Canyon Spring Peak #2 don't care much about the strong winds up here!ThumbnailsIt's a clear sunny day above the smog layer that's blowing across the Ivanpah Valley belowThese burned tree skeletons near Cliff Canyon Spring Peak #2 don't care much about the strong winds up here!ThumbnailsIt's a clear sunny day above the smog layer that's blowing across the Ivanpah Valley below

Presumably, the hill protected the trees and allowed the wind to blow the flames right over them.