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AZ Forest Fires - right in my backyard!

Sunday, June 30, 2013

I wish I had photo's to show you of this, but I don't. DH has some he took and sent in the a local TV station, but I don't have access to them as yet.

About a week or more ago we drove to Prescott, AZ to take photo's for a web page on our site. It was hot, but not outrageously so, unfortunately some human was a bit careless and it was enough to start a fire. We first saw it when it was just a trickle of smoke. We wondered why planes were not already dumping retardant on the site, and finally asked in one of the museums we were visiting. We were told that they knew of it, and were working on it. OK

6500 acres destroyed, no human life lost and no homes lost. But what a waste, and during the fight over 500 homes were evacuated as people's lives were turned up- side down worrying and trying to protect their loved ones and their property. Even as I write it is only 90% contained, but there is little worry that it will spread.

Then today we again drove to Prescott from our mountain home located in a small community about 30 miles away. As we were returning home, again we saw the telltale spiral of smoke, signaling a forest fire in the first stages. DH judged it to be about 3 miles West of where we live. As we got closer to home we discovered he could stop and video-tape it, and we also saw we had misjudged the distance, it was closer to 2 miles from us. Firefighters were deligently working to get it out.

As dusk darkened the sky I went to the back porch of our house to see if it was in sight and I was surprised and shocked when it was in plain view from our back porch. It appeared as though the entire mountain behind us was in flames across the top. DH arrived home and said that actually the fire was burning UP the hill, and as it made it to the top and went over, it looked as though it was actually decreasing in volume, only because the view was blocked.

While I'm thankful that we are safe as the fire is heading away from us, I am worried about neighbors who may be in the path of the fire. I do not know the area well enough to know just how far out the population of our little town goes, all I know is that it is a scary thing to be this close to a forest fire!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
ROSAMARCELLE 7/1/2013 9:50AM

    It must be petrifying. Stay safe. emoticon

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4_MY_LIFE 7/1/2013 6:39AM

    Keeping your in my thoughts and prayers! Stay safe!

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LYNETTEMOM 6/30/2013 9:10PM

    What a summer it is ! As one of my FB friends said, "Cue locusts..." We seem to be having all sorts of calamities happening.
Thinking of you,

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CAROLMAID 6/30/2013 7:47PM

    Well that is some SCARY stuff!!!!!!! How frightening to think your lovely getaway was so imperiled! Glad that fire is headed the other way as of now but like yourself do not wish harm to your neighbors in the other direction. How you maintained your sense of calm...well that's impressive. Thoughts are with you and your neighbors. :)

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ARTJAC 6/30/2013 4:18PM


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CATLADY52 6/30/2013 3:55PM

    I hope you are all safe and the fire contained soon. emoticon emoticon

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SKATER787 6/30/2013 12:49PM

    Sorry to hear that. Hope the situation improves soon for the sake of everyone there.

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OLDERDANDRT 6/30/2013 10:14AM

    OMG!!! I'd have lost it!! Glad it's heading away from you! Praying for your little town and for you and yours!!! Eve, stay vigilant even tho the fires are heading away from you presently. Fire is so scary! Prayers and many (((HUGS))).

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WORKNPROGRESS49 6/30/2013 9:48AM

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RUNNING-TURTLE 6/30/2013 8:56AM

    How horrible. Praying for everyone over there to be safe and sound.

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WARRIORGIRL121 6/30/2013 8:20AM

    oh Eve, that's terrible! I am glad you are safe but I will pray for you anyway and those in your area. emoticon emoticon

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    I'm so glad you are safe and hope the wind doesn't shift. Fires are pretty scary. I remember quite a while ago being told if you are hiking on a hill and in the path of a fire that is overtaking you it is better to run down the hill, even if you have to try and make it through the flames because from the top you can possibly see the best route to take and fire always travels UPHILL FAST so you won't be able to outrun it. The uphill part was a surprise to me too. We had such bad fires a couple of summers ago here in California that the smoke got thick enough we couldn't see our next door neighbor's house when standing in our back yard.

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VITCHY-VICKI 6/30/2013 7:00AM

    Sure hope it keeps going away from you and sure hope no homes or lives are in danger - your in my prayers

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DALID414 6/30/2013 2:01AM

    emoticon wow! Stay safe.

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GRACEISENUF 6/30/2013 1:13AM

    That is a frightening scenario for sure. Know I will pray tonight as I am heading off to bed right now.

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GHOSTFLAMES 6/30/2013 12:35AM

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