Monday, June 23, 2008
Summer has only begun
Picture from the local news paper... that isn't the moon... it is the sun!
I awoke this morning and discovered our house was socked in with fog. Except it wasn't fog... It was smoke, thick enough to taste it. I have worked fires and been exposed to less smoke!
I am beginning to redefine the meaning of 'trial by fire' in my life. I just got home from evacuations for fires for the 2nd time in 2 days, with more expected as the week goes on. Not my evacuations mind you, but other peoples. My area, for now, thankfully, is safe. So here I sit 2 weeks after a fire that started on a Tues and caused me to give out evacuation advisories to others, only to find myself being told to evacuate days later. Now, with the new fires, I have found myself traveling to ends of the county waiting to be told the next road that needs to be notified. This time it seems a little scarier. No my house isn't in jeopardy. But the whole north state is on fire, so resources are thin. The smoke is thick so there aren't any aircraft on the fires. In fact, a lot of the fires are just burning with out any firefighters or equipment on them. Since they aren't -currently- threatening any homes, they are a low priority and they just get to burn. But even the fires that are threatening residences don't have a ton of resources protecting them because it just isn't available.
Saw a funny thing today... 6 firefighters enroute to a fire. In a minivan. Yep..... a dark blue mini van filled with fire fighters... it was a rental. No transportation to get the personnel to the fire, so they rented vehicles.
With difficult terrain, fuels dry, humidity high, and winds unpredictable, it is going to be a long, smokey, hot, scary week.
And the summer has just begun.