Monday, June 23, 2008

The Results

We could've used the rain that usually follows a lightening storm. This weekend the news reported ninety fires in our county as a result of lightening strikes. There are so many over 60 of them are unmanned, there's just not enough staff.

It's fire season in our area, but never has there been so many spread out across so much land.

Montgomery Woods redwood grove is in the middle of one of the burns. Redwoods are fire resistant but that doesn't mean all the undergrowth in that State Park is.

A friend of mine has a co-worker staying at his house, she had to evacuate her home on the ridge overlooking Montgomery Woods. She got out just before the access road to her house was closed by Fire Fighters.

The air quality in Ukiah Valley is awful. My office mates have said they feel tired, nauseaous, dizzy. Someone commented on all the poison oak that's burning... we're staying indoors with the windows closed. Predicted highs today: 92.

It seems like there might be an analogy here about beauty and destruction coming hand in hand, but I can't bring myself to make it.


Lindah said...

Hi Leslie
These fires are awful aren't they!
I've only lived here 12 years, but I've not seen such a prolonged storm like that one here. Back home, these storms are common,year round, BUT they are accompanied by real rain.
I hate to think of the beautiful redwoods burning.
Linda H in far north state.

Fabricfaire said...

I'm praying for rain! I can't even see the hills around us!

Jeanne said...

I've been seeing this on the news. Wildfires really scare me - it's going to be a bad summer I'm afraid. Stay safe ~ Jeanne