Remember when I told you we were planning a BIG trip? Well, that happened and it was wonderful and fantastic and any other superlative you can think of. We went here. Can you guess where this amazing photo was taken? I promise you that this is real and was taken by my friend and travel companion Marsha.
|Mt. McKinley - Denali National Park|
|King Fire photo|
The King Fire made the national news I know and on a personal level I can tell you that it has been terrible. Our small mountain community has been spared because of the heroic efforts of firefighters from all over the nation and we are truly, deeply grateful.
|These amazing pictures are from the King Fire Facebook page set up to keep residents informed about the progress of the fire|
This picture is particularly heartbreaking - Stumpy Meadows being overrun by fire. This is only 12 miles from our home and where we go almost daily in the summer to swim, kayak and just cool off. Stumpy is also the main water supply for the Georgetown area. A beautiful and serene spot.
It makes me so sad to think that this fire was intentionally set by one person for some unfathomable reason.
After more than a week we received the all clear, we would not have to be evacuated. A blessed rain had fallen and aided the firefighters in their task. Because of the incredible work of the firefighting teams we were never in real danger.
I've started to put the papers and keepsakes away but you can bet that I have a real plan now for what I'll do the next time the words "possible evacuation" are mentioned. You can see why all thoughts of the fun vacation had flown out the window and why I might have been feeling just a little overwhelmed.
And now a message from me: Time for you to have a fire safety plan.
1. Check you smoke alarms and make sure they're in working order.
2. Have a family meet up place and a family contact person.
3. Take pictures of everything in your home and put those on a flash drive. Put the flash drive in a safe deposit box or give it to a relative for safe keeping. This will help with insurance claims later.
4. Make a plan for what you would take if you had half an hour to leave; remember the four P's - People, Pets, Papers, Pictures.
More about that Alaska trip next time,