I'm fine. Thank you for the kind thoughts.
Really means a lot to me.
My house was miraculously spared.
It was hell like I never saw. (and I thought I knew hell)
Most of my oldest friends are homeless.
As my friend Dean says, 50 years gone in an hour.
We had basically "made it". Its after September and was a perfect year.
Well not counting a worldwide plague and stirrings of civil war in
But as far as fire we all thought we were on easy street.
One random spark on a mountaintop, in a freak dry wind storm, and a
monster was born in a matter of minutes. I was upwind. It happened
directly in front of me across the valley on the ridge.
I was upwind.
But 1/3 of my town was not only downwind, but in a narrow valley
that made a natural wind tunnel.
In one day the fire took whatever it wanted and wandered over 25
miles and into Oregon. One day
It was moving like a prairie fire only in full standing forest.
I just got power back so this is the first I have had lights or a
computer in days. First time I ever really wanted a smartphone. (I have
a little "calls only" cellphone and wifi does the rest usually.)
Its 6am and I just got power back,
Now there is no water.
And I didn't even have "no water" on my bingo card!
But they are building a fire camp in the field below me and guys are
pouring in. Even though the giant fire has moved on, I have 50 square
miles of glowing cinders and spots are going to keep popping up until it
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