I ran to town yesterday to do some errands and when I stepped out of the store and looked outside I was startled to see a wildfire burning in what looked like my valley. The smoke cloud looked like a pretty good size and was increasing by the second. So I jumped in my truck and quickly headed home praying there would be no road closures along the way.
We have had quite a few fires this season it has been very active but this is the first time we have seen one in our neighborhood. It seemed like it took forever to get home and it was really scary to see the smoke plume just expanding up into the sky.
I was somewhat relieved when I got home and saw that it was not directly in our valley, but right over the mountain in the next one. It would need to climb over this ridge before it would be on our doorstep. But that relief was truly bittersweet, I was also on edge because we have friends that live all in that next valley right where the fire was burning.
Cal-Fire did an amazing job. They hit this fire fast and hard. Which wasn't easy for them to do since right down the road another fire started at almost the same time. This fire was in a very residential area and it was growing very quickly in a few short hours it when from 20 acres to 230 acres...
By late afternoon the smoke plume was gone and it seemed like they really had it under control.
It seems as of now it is mostly contained and they are just working on the hot spots.
Needless to say we did not get much done yesterday we stayed on alert just in case we would have to evacuate. And the great news is last night it rained. We had a huge downpour in the middle of the night. So I am sure that helped the fireman overnight as well.
It definitely has us thinking we have a lot more land we need to clear around our property for our fire line. Which we will be for sure working on this weekend. It was a close encounter that I hope we don't have to experience again. We have a great community and it really is wonderful to see how everyone comes together during times like this.
The horses did not seem to notice the fire at all. What they thought was really the most exciting event of the day was that they saw a girl riding her bike in the round pen hehehehe.... Anna had their full attention!
I guess in life it's all about perspective!!