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Fire on the Mountain

Posted by cornfed on Friday, June 17, 2011

The Huachuca mountains and canyons are burning. My banjo player buddy, his wife and cat were evacuated yesterday. I'm not sure where they are yet. The Beland's (John is a member here) home was very close to the evacuation zone yesterday. Don't  know if they are still at home, or evacuated , too. The authorities are saying more than 1700 households have been evacuated, I don't know how many individual souls that is, several thousand at any rate. There are a known 50 homes destroyed including the beautiful home of a friends family, which must of been one of the first to go. They are managing well ... I just ate at their (Korean) restaurant. Local schools are being used as evacuation centers, local hotels as far away as Tucson are offering much reduced rates for evacuees, and some folks are camping in the parks. Horse trailers are everywhere. The fire jumped the 92 two days in a row. the country that was burned through was horse hobby country, some folks had to leave their horses behind. Some people rode theirs out...Some over the mountains if the stories are true. The fires is only marginally contained, with a forecast of high winds from the SW tomorrow and Sunday. Another fire started on the Army post where I work this afternoon, and all civilians (me included) were ordered off the post. ( That fire has been completely contained now, though). No relief from the wind for at least a week. It is hot (96-98 degrees) and dry ( We haven't had significant rain since last September.) The relative humidity is around 6%. The fire is doubling in size every day. Last report was around 20,000 Acres. That's not awfully big as  wild land fires go, but This one is very close to and occasionally entering into inhabited areas. Several local jams have been canceled or poorly attended because of the fire. The air reeks of smoke. I hope that all turns out well, but it's very hard to be optimistic at this point. There is very little good news.

2 comments on “Fire on the Mountain”

richdissmore Says:
Friday, June 17, 2011 @7:46:48 PM

alli can say i,ll say a paryer for you and firends ,familly and state that you all will be safe

bj Says:
Monday, June 20, 2011 @6:04:57 AM

Bewildering weather, disasters everywhere. Rather than trying to keep up with them all, I've set up a monthly small recurring donation to the Red Cross. I hope y'all make it out safely. Stuff can be replaced (though if I were to be evacuated I think the pets would get grabbed first and the best fiddle second!)

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