(taken from my bedroom window)
There’s been a wildfire to the south of us that started July 12th. It’s been in a wilderness area where they’ve been trying to contain it, not put it out because of the inaccessible terrain. This morning we looked out from our porch to see the above plume of smoke that looked a bit ominous. We headed into town to stock up on essentials and learned that the fire had jumped the Chetco River which had been one of the ‘containment’ lines between us and the fire. Not to worry, it’s still quite a distance from us, but given the weather conditions and the unpredictability of this sort of event… life could get a whole lot more ‘interesting’.….
Oddly enough we drove through that area just a few weeks ago (July 3rd) to see the remnants of a previous wildfire from 2002…
The current wildfire is close to this same area. AGAIN. I had thought that a recently burnt section would be safe from fire, but apparently there’s enough there to skunk around and spread to unburned areas of the forest.
You can see the sort of wild forest that surrounds us. The above shot is part of the 2002 Biscuit Fire area. By now the current fire may have reached this area. We remain vigilant and watching to see how this all progresses. Needless to say, they have closed off access to the road we were on back at the beginning of July.
As it turned out, home wasn’t a certain place; home as a feeling from the ones for whom you cared most, a feeling of peace that calmed the wildfires of your soul.
― Brittainy C. Cherry,