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Fire Update

Thursday, September 05, 2013

This is a picture taken by a neighbor of the retardant plane that went right over my house last Friday. The wildfire fire (another arson!) was about one mile over the hill from our house. It happened at the time of day when the afternoon winds really begin to pick up speed.

The first call had all units dispatched from our local volunteer fire department. The initial report was that there were no tankers or helicopters available. We were terrified.

Within 15 minute it grew from a football size field to a 3 alarm out of control wildfire moving into the forest canopy and units from 30 miles away were coming to fight it.

Somebody must have yanked some chains because within 45 minutes, we heard the sound that could only mean the air tanker was in range, along with 4 helicopters with buckets. That was a music to our ears!

This is our local Fire Department and Chief at the staging area.

This is the view of our valley taken from about 20 miles away at the beginning of the fire.

The fire was contained and mop up began after 3 hours. It covered about 20 acres. I drove past it today and it was right between several homes.

Our Chief has absolutely amazed me as I've listened to him (over the scanner) as he's called the shots in so many situations (countless fires, vehicle accidents, etc.) and his command, mingled with such compassion, has nearly moved me to tears. I couldn't do it, but I'm sure glad we have him and our volunteers.

The Labrador Fire that has been burning for over a month is 0% contained but it is static. Crews have been able to keep it from spreading beyond 2023 acres. It will probably burn until it consumes all the fuel within the borders or the rains come and put it out.

Thankfully, for now, we are out of danger. Woohoo!

Thank you for your thoughts, prayers and concerns.

PS Sounds like someone saw a meth-head with a lit cigarette heading back into the woods near where the fire started. . . . everybody's wondering if this could be the same arsonist that burned down our post office 3 months ago, and started so many other fires in our area.
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