Right now our group of homeowners and concerned citizens are battling the blaze that the U.S. Forest Service told us yesterday to NOT put out. Our group is standing by ready to step in if needed. They were told to get back when choppers dump. They stated they were “nursing it around the hill”. Now the entire possible Shenandoah Subdivision is under evacuation.
Our men are heading into the flames again. There Texas boys are bring them the first load of water. Thank God for the Union!
UPDATE: The U.S. Forest Service now has three helicopters on the blaze that is threatening Shenandoah. We are not sure if they can stop it or not at this point.
UPDATE2: The U.S. Forest Service Incident Commander was up at the Shenandoah fire and they threw their all at it. It has been put to rest for the night. Apparently, there has been a change up in the command of the Clearwater Complex Fire and things are looking better.
The incident commander is a very concerned, competent, and understanding man from Oklahoma and assured us he was doing all that he could. Tonight they made good on that promise even though they are stretched very thin.
There was a small meeting with him on site and the homeowners now feel very positive about his/FS involvement moving forward.
The U.S. Forest Service and National Park Service dumped 25-30 loads of water on a hillside that was not burning yesterday in order to create a fire line. No one can understand why they didn’t dump it directly on the blaze burning 200 feet below the ridge.
The winds are picking up and locals fear another replay of last Friday night. Your prayers are coveted for all of us.