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!