This was the view from our bedroom window a couple weeks ago. It’s looking North, towards the major highway that runs through town. Our first fire of the summer. We were never at risk; still, seeing things like this so clearly in one’s back yard engages those primal instincts. Run! Run Away! Run Very, Very, Far Away!
As everyone in the US knows, the western part of the country has been in drought for several years now. This past winter once again failed to produce nearly enough moisture to keep the countryside safe. Last year we had the Bison Fire, followed by the Rim Fire. This one was tiny by comparison – less than 200 acres. Like the big ones from last summer, it was lightening caused.
I hope this is not a precursor of worse things to come as the weather heats up and more thunderstorms blow through. It’s quite a dichotomy – we need the water, but don’t want the lightening.