Thursday, April 23, 2009

No excitement here

News of 16,000 acres lost to a wildfire just north of us has friends emailing and ringing the phone to see if we're OK, and in case you've seen it in the news, the answer is yes - we're fine!

The fire is about 30 minutes' drive north of us, plus it's on the other side of the Inland Waterway, and has little effect on us, except to create anxiety among all the animals when the wind shifts and blows smoke this way. There's some serious devastation up there though, some people losing everything. The fire seems to have spared a posh, tree-denuded, pseudo-Mediterranean horror of a development, and swept through wild areas and middle-income housing instead, which bites. This is a nasty one.

In the unlikely event that it should come anywhere near here -- or that a similar fire should start nearby -- we're ready with hoses and packing lists and cat carriers.

Hope they're getting the thing under control.


Sherwood Harrington said...

I was just about to e-mail you, but your post headed that off. Sounds like your fire is about as far away from you as ours were from us last summer -- and I hope it stays that way.

Next thing you know, you'll be having earthquakes and we'll get hit by a hurricane.

Dann said...

Glad to hear it, Ruth. Just 'cause I didn't email, it doesn't mean I didn't intend to. [grin]


ronnie said...

Glad you're not in harm's way. The tv coverage has been scary.

We're keeping our fingers (and paws) crossed for you here (although happily it doesn't sound like we need to), as well as sending wishes for good luck for the firefighters.

Christy said...

Thanks for this update, Ruth. I've been thinking about you down there!