We took the kids outside to swim about an hour ago and I looked up and saw what one never wants to see in the high mountain desert, smoke. Called the fire guy, grabbed the camera and hopped in the car to see how close it was. We do have fire prevention measures to employ, but you have to have time to do that. And it’s not cheap being as how it’s a one time use, so we had to know what we were dealing with.
Anytime you see smoke near your home though, it’s an immediate action mode to see if you need to do anything.
This is what I first saw. The burned out trees are on our property, and I believe our property goes partly up that hill. From our house, we couldn’t tell if the fire was on the hill or behind or exactly where.
In a matter of minutes it grew to this. You can see that in the top picture it is only as wide as the bunch of three trees near the left center to the two lone trees on the right center.
We jumped in the truck to go see what was going on and if we’d need to do anything.
As we drove (just about a mile down the road, but circling so we weren’t getting any closer to the fire, we could see it was a fair distance away. And thank God the wind is blowing in the opposite direction of our house. It appears to be about 2 miles from our house.
We did see the fire crews coming through with a bulldozer between our land and the fire. The speck of silver about 1/3 of the way up the right edge of this picture is our house.
I attempted to do a panorama to show the distance between our house and the fire. The right side of the picture, the silver rectangle about 1/3 up the frame is our house.
We decided to come home and just keep an eye on it. With the wind blowing away from us, and the distance, at the moment, it appears we are fine. As I look out the window again to check it, it appears the crews have a good control on the fire. Thank you guy – and thank you Lord!