For obvious reasons, firefighting is not conducive to blogging, but I am trying. In a brief lull today I was actually able to get my camera out and get pictures, but the rest of the time it is on the fly and photographic opportunities are brushed aside to a lower priority.
I lay down for two hours, the first in nearly 30 hours, and am now taking another all night shift.
Yet, this post is less about photographs and naps and more about the devastation that is surrounding the entire valley and still not even close to being assessed.
An Idaho Department of Lands representative told homeowner friends of ours that lost their shop and nearly their home that in a 2.5 miles stretch of Beaverslide Road that they lost 45 homes!!! That’s far more homes lost than survived. There are unconfirmed reports that in that area there were 60 foot + flames rolling over the mountains being pushed by the 45 mph wind. I believe it. In parts the devastation is TOTAL and seems nearly RANDOM. Literally rolling over some places to burn others to completely unrecognizable rubble. Large log homes don’t even look like there was anything there before yesterday. I seriously considered making a photographic catalog of the surrounding homes in our immediate area tomorrow, but realize now that it an an unrealistic venture.
There is only one word for it all…DEVASTATION.