Friday, August 30, 2013

Surrounded By Fire




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,

6 comments:

  1. So glad you are safe! Thanks for the reminder of the importance of a good evacuation plan.

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    1. Boy, I needed the reminder too! All's well that ends well.

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  2. visiting from Sew Many Ways Link up. I cannot imagine living with the smoke and fear all through summer, but I do understand the emergency response, the feelings in times of emergencies and how the community rally together. I am in NZ near Christchurch and we have had over 11000 earthquakes since the first big one in September 2010. It is like living through the war. So my thoughts and prayers are with you and your nephew

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    1. Wow! 11,000 earthquakes would certainly make anyone nervous. Being a California girl all my life I know a thing or two about earthquake but that's just too much. I can imagine that you're frazzled never knowing if this is another big one or just another aftershock. It can certainly wear a person out. My nephew is doing well so far and the Rim Fire is 70% contained which is good news. It's a record breaking fire in Calif. history but so far no loss of life so all our prayers are working.
      Thanks for coming by Dogwood Lane hope to see you again.

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  3. Very happy that things have settled down a bit and everyone is safe. Praying for safety for all that these fires are affecting and especially the fire fighters. Also praying for clean air for you all soon

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    1. Thanks Jeanna for your concern. Things have settled down quite a bit and the local large fire is contained - yippee which cuts down on the smoke a lot.

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