Wednesday, July 25, 2012

too close for comfort

We live in an area that seems to be hit with a fire most summers whether it is our county or a neighboring county.  A couple of weeks ago Sam had some friends over and were out swimming and noticed when this fire first began. 

It started small and I thought it would be put out quickly. But, it grew.

We spent the rest of the day watching the bombers and helicopters fly over us  fighting the fire. The main road to get to our house had a road block but since our home was on the side opposite the fire they let my husband through when he came home from work.



By the late afternoon the fire marshall came around our neighborhood and said we could evacuate if we wanted, but if  evacuation became mandatory we would receive an automated phone call. There was a main thoroughfare the fire would have to cross before getting to us. Homes on the other side of the road had been evacuated. We started thinking about if we had to evacuate, what would we grab to take?

As evening approached the fire crept closer. Once it was dark the planes and helicopters would not be able to fly and the fight would be left to the ground crew.

We live at the top of a hill so our neighbors came to get a better  view of the fire. Thankfully it was not a windy day and not too hot. By 1130 p.m. we went to bed feeling pretty confident that we would not get a call in the middle of the night to evacuate. The next day the planes and helicopters resumed. After dumping stuff all day the fire was contained.  I believe 10,000+ acres were burned but only 5 homes and some outbuildings like shops and barns. We were thankful to all the firefighters and the long hours they put in to stop the fire and thankful, too, that we did not have to evacuate!

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