Saturday, October 27, 2012

For the Fire Fighters....


These are for the firefighters that saved our house this week....

Wednesday...

 
 
 
 
 
I had three dogs and many of our treasured possessions in that green car where beyond is a local volunteer fire crew. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and many of our neighboring volunteer teams and equipment were on the scene to save the homes up on our mesa, including ours.

Jon wasn't home and it was up to me and a neighbor to get what we could out of the house and the dogs, one who bit me because he didn't  understand, to safety while  a cyclone of fire and smoke hurled upwards when the juniper and pinons caught fire right across the road from the house.  

While I was trying to get out of our driveway, a skidster, a huge earth moving machine was trying to get in and cut a fire line to save our house.

The whole mesa top was evacuated and we spent the night in a hotel...early the next morning, we went to the ridge and with binoculars could see our little red roof and a island of green around it.
It wasn't until that evening that we were allowed to return home.

Today, we were able to walk around our property...
 
 
 
It's hard to tell, but these are up rooted juniper trees that can live to be over a 1000 years old here in the southwest, these were babies, maybe 150-200 years old. On top of this one is a yucca, upside down now.
 
The skidster cut a wide path across our forest, to stop the fire from heading towards our house and our neigbors barn...
 
 
munching an old porcelain and steel bathtub we had buried to serve as a water trough for wildlife....
 
 
The fire did manage to burn some of our back acreage, but fire crews with shovels and chainsaws were able to keep it under control on our side of the road...
 

And it looked much much better then across the road down in the canyon...
 
 
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Past our house is the mouth of the canyon where  the fire whipped into our neighbor's hay fields, before being done....
 
 
Tonight we are going to make homemade calzones and watch movie and thank God...
 and our firefighters for the blessing of our home!

4 comments:

  1. What a frightening experience. Many thanks to those firefighters! And the cookies are a great idea. They will love them.

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  2. I am thankful for you that your house was saved-I cannot fathom how that must have felt. You are blessed!

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  3. I'm so sorry to hear of your frightening experience. I'm so pleased to see you're ok. I hope those lovely biscuits went down well, (I'm sure they did!) :)
    Jess x

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  4. How frightening Julia, thank goodness you are all ok. A neighbours house caught fire a few years ago and I couldn't believe how quickly it took hold and how scary it was.

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