So, normally, I have my blogs loaded a couple days in advance so they post, all shiny and new, at 7:00A.M. PDT. Today, however, it’s 10:30 and I just realized I’m supposed to have a blog up today. (Many thanks to Lavada for the memory jog). I’m quite certain the brain cell that held that scrap of memory got destroyed in the hectic-ness that was my week.
The western part of the United States is having a very tough wildfire season this year. Here’s a link to a map that shows just how many fires are raging at the moment.
It’s daunting. And one of those fires came a little too close for comfort.
On August 13th, my daughter who lives 2 hours away from me, called to say a wildfire had caught on close to where they live. It turned out to be the Taylor Bridge fire that gobbled up 23,500 acres, and burned 51 homes and cabins to the ground. Even now, the fire is not fully contained, although it’s close at 91%. They say it won’t be completely extinguished until snow falls this year. There are just too many forested hills and valleys for it to travel through.
While my daughter and her family didn’t have to evacuate, folks as close as 4 miles to them did. As well, they had a full week of unhealthy air to deal with, as the smoke permeated everything. Even the inside of their home smelled like a campfire.
Thankfully, things are easing there and my grandchildren can once again play outside. I know it was a stressful few days for us, following the progress of the fire as it crept closer and closer. When we heard that the eastern flank was contained, we all breathed huge sighs of relief.
I feel so bad for the folks who lost their homes. There’s been a huge outpouring of assistance for them and the news has talked a lot about the high level of volunteer activity in this community. That’s been great.
I am so very grateful to the 1,000 firefighters that worked hard to control this fire. I can’t imagine what it’s like to be on the front lines like that, but I tip my hat and open my heart to them. So much has been saved due to their efforts.