Saturday, July 29, 2017

Celebrate the Small Things: Fire on the Mountains and Summer Magic

A family visit took away from my blog these last two weeks, but it was time well spent. Some excitement with the ongoing fire hazard brought incredible views. It was quite the ringside seat.  We watched our suede mountain across the lake burn in full view.

When the fire was over, these suede mountains were black.
Mercifully, the wind did not blow choking smoke over our small community, although many of us saw ashes fall. None ignited fires on our side!


 We watched our phenomenal helicopter fire crew dump bucket after bucket of water for hours on end. These folks deserve some kind of medal. 


  
At one point, the Wanupum community (our local Indian tribe) was evacuated on the fire side, but the fire crews managed to save their homes and businesses. 

View from park and marina at dusk: "The 400 Fire"
A photo opportunity: Selfie with my daughter on left

Love this of my daughter at the water's edge

Summer magic: My daughter took this of me, and said I reminded her of a magician raising up the smoke.
When all was done, no lives were lost and to my knowledge, not one building or home was destroyed. Thankful, thankful, thankful!


"Come celebrate with us" 
To join "Celebrate the Small Things, visit Lexa Cain's blog
Co-hosts are: L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge 
Tonja Drecker @ Kidbits Blog

18 comments:

  1. Sad to think of all the animals either killed or left homeless in that blaze, though good that people and businesses coped. Bushfires are a regular thing here. I remember one year when I was staying with a friend in the Blue Mountains outside Sydney, when the blazes were so fierce that you could see the clouds of smoke looking like heavy cumulus clouds. My friend kept a packed bag by the door in case she got a call to evacuate - it contained family photos, the only things she couldn't replace in those days before digital photography. She drove me back to Sydney when I left, because she was taking her daughter, who had asthma.

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    1. Hi, Sue. Yes, it can be bad, especially for those with asthma and the like. We've been staying indoors, but got up early this morning to do some much needed yard work. My eyes smart and my throat tickles now. Best to stay indoors! The Northwest is still buried in smoke. Even worse on the west side in Seattle area, which is rare for them.

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  2. Glad to hear that you are fine. It must have been quite the experience to watch the blaze, one I'm sure you'll ever forget. Thanks for sharing the lovely pictures!

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    1. It was quite a sight! Thanks for visiting, Tonya. I've been taking time off from my blog, as you can see :)

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  3. That's good that no lives or buildings were lost. I hope the animals managed to escape!

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    1. I wonder about the birds. They are still singing here where I live, but someone on FB who lives west of the Cascades mentioned the birds were silent. I'm guessing their lungs must be pretty full of smoke by now.

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  4. I'm glad you are ok as well as your community. It seems you had a nice visit with your daughter. There have been such unfortunate fires out west..BC...and Portugal

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    1. The BC fire has been horrible, and the main reason we are suffering from smoke. That plus smoke from Montana, we're buried. Had not heard about Portugal! Not a good year for so many it seems.

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  5. Bush fires are a regular feature of Australian summers and we've had some really bad ones over the years. I'm happy to hear on one was injured in your forest fire, and that you were relatively safe across the lake. Your daughter looks just like you...I suppose everyone says that. btw, I'm loving The Shells of Mersing...ten chapters in

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    1. Yes, I imagine Australia does get its share of fires. The Northwest has had an unusual amount for about 5 years now, and none of us are used to it yet. Everyone is complaining. Seattle had an air pollution rating higher than Beijing one day!
      Others have mentioned my daughter and I look alike. Not so much though when we were younger. I'm glad you are enjoying the novel :) Thanks, David!

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  6. Wow, that looks like a pretty big fire. It looks like you had a good time with family, though.
    Have a good weekend!

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    1. We did, thank you. Family visits are the best part about summer :)

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  7. Oh, yikes, thank goodness everyone's okay after a fire like that. Glad to hear you got to spend some quality time with your family, too. The photos of you and your daughter are lovely!

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    1. Thank you. I love it when she visits :) The fire and smoke are finally gone!

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  8. Amazing how something that's scary and destructive can also be beautiful. Love that wizard photo!

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    1. Thanks, nice to meet you! I'm glad it didn't do more than cause a lot of smoke and burn the hillside. We both love the 'wizard' photo :)

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  9. I am so glad that no lives were lost and that the businesses and homes were okay too. Phew! Looks like you did have quite an amazing view of everything, especially since the smoke didn't blow your way. Love the last one of you! It does look magical. :)
    ~Jess

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    1. Me, too. It really was a close call. Thanks for visiting!

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