Golfing Through the Fire

A massive wilfire in Washington state has burned over 30,000 acres this week. Kolsefur posted this image at reddit yesterday, depicting a group of golfers at Beacon Rock Golf Course playing a round in front of a burning hill. Everyone's first reaction is that the picture was Photoshopped, but it is very real. Behind them is the Eagle Creek fire, which grew very fast. One of the golfers, Brandon Crawford, said,

"They were definitely not faked," Crawford said over the phone.

"When we first started there was a fire maybe the size of a grocery store," he said. "By the end of hole two, it was just crazy. The big one you're seeing on the internet was on hole nine."

Though the fire was across the river, Crawford said ash the size the soccer balls was falling around them. He and his friends would golf and then stare at the fire, and then golf some more.   

Those who were there said that particular viral image made the fire seem much closer than it was -the burning hill was about a mile away. -via Gizmodo


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