|Photo courtesy of Capitol Public Radio's website|
Yes, it is close to us.
No, we aren't in any danger.
This fire, unlike the Sand Ridge one, is burning away from us. It is 73,000 acres as I write this and only 10% contained; heading deeper into the National Forest. Last night, it leapt through the canyons and advanced 15 additional miles by morning.
|Another Capitol Public Radio website picture.|
We woke at 2am, our bedroom smokey, our throats burning and eyes watering. Brett got up and closed all the windows in the house. During the day, the wind blows the smoke north east, towards Tahoe. At night, it shifts and blows straight over us.
|It does make for beautiful sunrises|
The firefighters say that this fire is like a seven headed dragon. It is going in different directions, all at once. They are concentrating on saving the communities on its western edge and letting it go deeper into the National forest where there are no homes. The drought has killed many of the pine trees and that, combined with the fact that no fires have burned in this particular area for many years, has created a perfect fire storm.
The DC-10 planes full of flame retardant fly over our house and into the mushroom clouds of smoke, big and loud over our ranch and then as small as gnats entering the smoke of the fire.
I'm checking the Cal Fire site multiple times a day. The monster fire just keeps on growing.
And the worst part? Arson. It was started by some demented fire bug. In custody. Bail sky high.
|Tuffy and Finessa are keeping close watch on things.|