We had the promise of some rain, some much needed rain, but instead all we got was a lot of lightening, thunder and fires... that was a couple of days ago, and fortunately our wonderful volunteer fire departments were able to put those fires out before they got too bad.
Today I went into town with a friend, I was gone most of the day, we noticed that there were lots of vehicles with flashing lights passing us going the other way (toward where I live), we knew there was another fire but didn't know where it was... until we started coming home. It was easy to see the huge plume of smoke, we were hoping that it wasn't near our neighborhood.
As we were approaching the entrance to our neighborhood, we could see many vehicles parked around, mostly emergency vehicles, by then it was painfully clear that the smoke was very close by. Our first thought was that we wouldn't be allowed to enter the neighborhood, but it seemed that no one was there to stop us. I spoke to the deputy there who was watching the smoke, he said it was not in our neighborhood, yet, and the wind was in our favor (blowing it away) but they were there just in case, along with the sheriff and the deputy, there was a big truck with a trailer, on the trailer was a big bulldozer, there were a few other emergency vehicles there. We checked our mail and headed into the neighborhood.
Near my friend's house, we had a perfect view of the mountain ridge that was on fire, it looked very close, I later found out that the fire had indeed breached the boundaries of our neighborhood. Tonight I can see a glow over my mountaintop, I'm not too worried though, there are firefighters watching the fire all night, just in case things turn for the worse. I'm hoping there will be some rain tonight, but I'm not holding my breath.
I found some great pix of our fire on the internet, this might give you an idea of how difficult it is to fight fires out here.
We appreciate the hard work and dedication of our volunteer firefighters and all the volunteers who are flying the helicopters and airplanes who are helping us.
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