Working through the night our crew of homeowners saw a beautiful sunrise that made me wish I had my camera with me. I didn’t, so you get iPhone pictures. Our houses didn’t go up in flames, but two homes several hundred feet below us went up…nothing left.
As we came up from town to come back and fight fire after dropping off our families we saw the smoldering ruins of one home after another. Almost more homes gone than survived. Rocks, debris, and trees were on the road. I hit a tree with my truck that I could not see due to smoke. It showed no sympathy for our plight and had no give. Alas, it tore of the front tire. We unloaded the 4 wheelers and piled on and our crew kept pressing forward.
We arrive on top of the ridge in time to possibly save a neighbors house as his yard was on fire and brush was burning next to a tree up against his house. I cut the tree down and we threw the limbs away. Then back to our places…momentarily. Another neighbors field was on fire and we brought the tractor over and plowed a line and then sprayed water until the fire crew arrived.
A part of our crew started patrolling (we all did before the night was out) and found another home that it’s deck was burning. They cut the deck off and threw it away from the home. On we slogged through the night until now that cool morning breeze and warm sunshine is lulling me to a groggy state; my left contact is blurry and the backhoe tire went flat, the power is out and the air compressor won’t turn on, the generator won’t start and I haven’t had my cup of Starbucks yet…other than that the day is beautiful.
Keep blinking! (It keeps the contacts from drying out). 😉