Smoke From Wildfire Billows Near Hamilton, Montana

StoryfulPublished: June 10, 20171 views
Published: June 10, 2017

A NEST monitoring camera at the home of Jeff Kempka in Hamilton, Montana, recorded the rapid spread of a wildfire near the town on July 31.Interestingly, Jeff had recently installed the camera as part of a collaboration between NEST and Roads and Kingdoms, a travel and culture site that shows live feeds from around the globe. They spotted the views from his home on his public Airbnb listing.The website and NEST sent Storyful this comment: “This ​video ​was ​captured on a Nest Cam security camera ​live stream set-up in partnership with Roads & Kingdoms. With ​ 24/7 live 1080p HD video streaming, a versatile magnetic stand, and more intelligent alerts​, Nest Cam security cameras allow you to keep an eye on what matters from anywhere. To view more live feeds, and curated clips, visit ​ or​.”Jeff told Storyful: "A couple months ago a person from Roads and Kingdoms (, a travel and culture site, contacted me when she saw our Airbnb listing. She was intrigued by our photos, specifically our view of the mountains. In collaboration with Nest cameras, R & K gave me a camera to point at the mountains, with that live feed on their site, with other live feeds from around the globe.“On Sunday, July 31 I walked out the front door and notice a smoke plume directly west of us. I called 911 and reported it, and they said it was first reported about 10 minutes prior. Over the next two hours I watched in shock and awe as the fire moved at a speed I had never seen before (We see many fires every summer). Soon it looked like a volcano erupting with the ash cloud overhead. Chunks of burnt pine needles, bark and branches rained down.“Around this time I remembered the Nest camera was pointed directly at the location of the fire. I later reviewed the footage and thought it would look amazing via time-lapse.”

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