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Scary time-lapse video of wildfire approaching Stone


This is pretty scary. Watching footage of wildfires from news helicopters can leave you feeling a bit disconnected, but seeing it approach from the ground—well, that’s just plain frightening. Last week, while the Cocos Fire was burning through parts of San Diego County—forcing evacuations across the area, including Stone Brewing and Pizza Port Bressi Ranch—a staffer at Stone took about two hours of footage as smoke crept over the ridge. Little did he know, the official evacuation started about 15 minutes before he stopped filming. Here are the notes from the video:

Filmed from 10:17am to 12:43pm, Thursday May 15, 2014. We finished capture to find we’d been evacuated at 12:30. One frame captured every 10 seconds for 2 hours 24 minutes. Notice the wind picks up at :10 seconds and the fire blooms at :11. Camera on southeast corner of Stone Packaging Hall, looking southeast. Plume of smoke on left is the Harmony Grove hotspot, the plume on right is the CSUSM hotspot. tweet

Scary stuff, but all’s well at the Escondido brewery.


Chris Staten is DRAFT’s beer editor. Follow him on Twitter at @DRAFTbeereditor and email him at

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