Monday, January 21, 2008

Wildland Fire Series

Living in rural California has its advantages. Crime is low, its clean, people are usually friendly, good schools, great sense of community, and the list goes on. The one thing that scares me is fire season. It can start as early as May and end as late as November. Nothing gets people's hearts pumping more then a summer thunderstorm. Not even football, and believe me, that is saying a lot in a small town.

Last year we were very lucky. We had a few fires near town. There was a large fire about 20 miles away that blanketed our town in smoke for weeks. The Moonlight fire had many residents worried. Luckily the wind kept in an area with just a few homes.

The photos this week are of a fire that happened in June 2007. There was a fire directly behind my friends home. Luckily that was contained without major loss of property and no one was injured. This deer was trying to find a safe place. I saw quite a few deer that day, all looking for an escape.




4 comments:

American Fork said...

This is an absolutely amazing photo. I hope the deer is ok, it looks like his home probably went up in smoke. Great catch!

Lessie said...

Wow -- this photo is amazing, disturbing, all in one. Thanks for sharing it.

Jim said...

That must have been a stressful and scary time. I remember when I lived in Sacramento....so long ago....the news would always say dont drive into smoke.

smilnsigh said...

A very big sighhhhhhhhhh...

Mari-Nanci