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The terriblre fires devestate so many lives; my heart goes out to the people and property owners. The firefighters work so very hard under impossible conditions, heavy packs, high temperatures, ambiant heat and winds and losing ground hour after hour.
Thankfully, Fire Dist 8 has not been called out. The few volunteer firefighters mean each Dist supplies what personnel they can and holds back the rest in case of fires in the district. One of the fires north of us had only 11 volunteer firefights until the state and federal firefighters arrived with a plane, helicopter, and personnel.
The Gibbous moon and sun glow a brilliant red, day and night. Sunsets give a spectacular show.
Each night, the volunteers who are not on the fires scout out for flames. They are easier to see at night. The daytime smoke is so thick we can't see any new smoke. I thought I saw a smoke plume across the valley and it turned out to be smoke from the fires already known.
Everyone has burning eyes, runny noses, sore throats and raspy voices.
We now have 500 gallons of water in the greenhous fishtank and hoses strung all around the perimeter of the houses. We have a fire tender on the property that Laura drives when called out to a fire. Michelle and Jared (my granddaughter's partner) and Jacob (16 years old and taking Fire Science at school) both have training on how to use the water sparingly, effectively and efficiently. Larry, handicapped by polio serves as fire commissioner and supplier of equipment and refilling water tenders.. Zac serves as fighter and Laurie (my granddaughter) as provisions provider. She feeds and keep water buckets full for the firecrews as she cares for one-year old Brooklyn and my smaller great-grandchildren. Katelynn (14-years old) helps Laurie. The little ones act as go-fers. I serve as sous chef for Laurie.
This amazing family works as a team, at home, in the Fire District, and in the community. I am very proud of each one.
Thanks, Chris, for blowing rain our way! Sadly, it works as well as prayers. It is the thought that counts.