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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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    Thanking God no one was hurt. Thank God for all the fire fighters and the amazing job they all have done to get the fire under control. emoticon

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    1627 days ago
    My son flew into Cali and told me he could see the fire from his plane. He says it is smokey where he is. I pray that they can get this under control. The photos are awesome..;thanks for sharing and please keep us posted.
    1630 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/7/2013 11:43:33 AM
    I would hate to be in a situation where a fire is out of control and heading ymy way it would be frightening.
    1630 days ago
    I'm glad hound your home are safe. I hope they find the arsonist soon... very dangerous person to have around.
    1630 days ago
    Wishing you relief and safety.
    1630 days ago
    Taking your advice, I've washed my car now -- so maybe that will bring down rain on the forest and the area to help prevent further fires. I hope & pray that they catch the &%$^% arsonist too! Be well. Take care. emoticon emoticon

    P.S. One emoticon for you & one for Leroy!
    1630 days ago
    I'm glad you are okay. My heart races reading your blogs. I'm so sorry you are going through this.

    We're all with you in spirit!
    1631 days ago
    I'm so happy you are ok and that the major fire is "static". That is great news.

    I hope they catch the culprate soon. Cannot post what they should do to that person as it would get me kicked off Spark!!!!
    1631 days ago
    Oh my how frightening!! I got the chills when reading your blog and the pictures truly made it so very real. I am so grateful you are safe!!

    I cannot imagine someone being that full of malice to do something this horrific.
    1631 days ago
    must be scary...... hope it all works out
    1631 days ago
  • JEANNE229
    Arson? So senseless and mean!
    1631 days ago
    Amazing photographs. You have been going though a lot!

    That is terrible that someone would do something like that on purpose.

    You live in a beautiful area.
    1631 days ago
    Glad you are safe!
    1631 days ago
  • 123ELAINE456
    Awesome Pictures. I'm very glad to hear that You are safe. Hope they catch whoever started the fire and put them away for good. It was pouring down rain here in Portland this afternoon. I hope You are getting a lot of rain to put out all of the fires here in Oregon. California needs a lot of rain too. God Blessings to You and Everyone. Have a Wonderful Week. Take Care.
    1631 days ago
    So glad that the fire was contained and that you are safe. I do hope they catch whoever started the fire.
    1631 days ago
    When in lived in SoCal, I had three occasions when we had smoke and ash blown in from fires that got within 10 miles. But that's a long way when it's all blacktop. I can't imagine living with imminent danger. Hugs, Cathy!
    1631 days ago
    Awesome pics ! ! ! I don't know how you stand it Cathy. I would be a nervous wreck living so close to all of those fires. These firefighters really deserve medals for all they do. Thanks for the update.
    1631 days ago
    Glad to hear you are safe. I know the situation is horrible! The pictures are breath taking! I hope they catch the person who is starting the fires.
    1631 days ago
  • E1SPAG
    Be safe. I remember when my daughter and her family lived in southern Ca they had a "go box" with important docs and actually were evacuated once and another time the highway closed due to fire and they could not get home. Scary!
    1631 days ago
    This is mind-boggling and staggering ! The plane sent chills and I got tears at the same time ............ To the rescue!! ......... This is gone on for a long time and I pray this arson is apprehended at once and put away ....... for good!!! ....... Will be praying for yu guys!! (My neighbor in our state!) ......
    1631 days ago
    HUGS and stay safe!
    1631 days ago
    I can not even imagine the horror of it all. Why on earth would someone cause so much destruction on purpose. I hope they catch them and put them away for life.
    1631 days ago
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