It's been a very eventful week here on the Georgetown Divide with quite a bit of excitement relating to fire. Some close to home and some further away. The good news is that the American fire which has been burning in the Forest Hill area across the canyon from us since August 11 is reported to be 100% contained as of today. This is a huge relief for all of us as the smoke has been awful and the worry about embers and the safety of local firefighters constant.
The Yosemite fire which I'm sure all of you have heard about because it involves a National Park is still burning and while it's more than 100 miles away the smoke from that fire drifts down wind and hangs over us in a dense fog every day. You cannot imagine the devastation of one of these fires until you have seen it with your own eyes. Truly terrifying.
My nephew Andy is a Hot Shot firefighter stationed in Arizona and is fighting this fire right now. We worry about him every day . I'm sure you remember the 19 firefighters from Arizona who lost their lives earlier this summer. Please stop and spare a few moments, say a prayer for these brave men and women and their families.
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And now, on to our Georgetown excitement! There was a wild fire on Saturday started by a blown transformer here in Georgetown. A reverse 911 call went out with a mandatory evacuation order Saturday evening for lower Georgetown involving several of my friends. Since Chris is a member of the Community Emergency Response Team he heard the call on his scanner and we began putting our evacuation plan into action just in case. If you had 30 minutes or less to evacuate your home what would you take? This will focus your mind right quick I'll tell ya! Since our kids were away from home we had their two dogs as well as our own to think of and their important stuff too. Remember they live in the next house down the road from us so it was possible for us to get a small bit of something from their house as well as ours is necessary. That's four dogs, crates, leashes and food before you start thinking about pictures, papers and clothes. Two cars would fill up pretty quick.
We marshaled our resources, collected our wits and waited to see which direction the fire would turn. Luckily for Georgetown because of the American fire our local tiny airport was being used as a staging area for the firefighting planes and helicopters and fire crews. Wow, is all I can say because those folks jumped on this fire like nobody's business! Only one house was lost, no lives were lost and it was contained that evening to 45 acres. It could have been total devastation to our small community. I cannot sing the praises of these firefighters enough.
So... the excitement is over, our lives have returned to normal and we can return to bitching about the poor air quality. We're expecting good friends from So. Cal to visit this weekend to mark the end of summer and are looking forward to a fun time of laughing, talking and eating good food. Hope your weekend is stress free and fun too. (Before you dive into your weekend fun give a thought to your fire safety plan please.)
Until next time,