Sunday, May 18, 2008
Fire (Updated 7:47 PM)
A wildfire has been burning now for about 24 hours or more, east of here. When Jack left for work not long ago, he called to let me know it looks like it's still uncontrolled and that traffic had been re-routed from its path.
And that it's very possible we're in its path, depending on how many miles it'll burn. With the dry and very hot conditions here, it's a hard combination for firemen to combat effectively.
I was instructed to watch till I saw smoke, and if I saw it on the horizon, to begin watering down the roof, and stay near the phone for evacuation instructions, if things progressed that far.
There has been no smoke on the horizon for the past hour since he called...until now. Now I step things up somewhat, getting our vital papers transferred to totes and put into the car, and some photograph albums. I'll check to see the smoke factor then and start with the hose.
All prayers are appreciated...this may blow away, or be stopped by the firefighting efforts. But so far, it's still burning, and we're putting our emergency plans into the first stages of action.
Thank you for those of you who'll pray this won't harm our home or anyone else's...!
Shall keep you posted as I can :)
Update: 7:47 P.M.
We've moved all our vital records and meds to our vehicles, but are holding off on hosing down the structure and packing a suitcase since we called 911 and were told the wind appeared to be shifting and the number of responding units are fewer. It looks like the turn of the wind has taken us out of the path, but we'll need to follow its progress closely throughout the night. I'll be here by myself in the night, so will have to ply myself with some good DVDs to help stay awake enough...to say I could sleep through a fire is probably fairly accurate, and it's not the time to put that theory to the test ;-) I haven't had time to be here to respond to this weekend's comments, but shall be back soon as possible. Thank you in advance for your thoughts and prayers :) So far, 100+ acres have been burned, but no residences. They think it was all started by driver on the highway tossing a lit cigarette out the window...
Here's what it looks like now from the front of our house...