Thursday, June 9, 2011

Pray For Rain

Summer is wildfire time here.

See, smell it, live it, and try to prevent it.

Lately it smells like one huge campground out our backdoor.  The smoke from the AZ blows in quite a bit.  The picture below shows the smoke from our backyard.  There's also a drought, which doesn't help.  See our poor brown stuff that some people call grass.  We call is ground cover.  Okay....dead grass.


For reference, the photo below is a normal view.  We normally can see the foothills better.  Both photos were taken towards evening.


It's a little bit smokey here.  Smokey the Bear would not be happy.  And I've met him.  At least the huge dressed up Smokey.  He lives right down the road at the ranger station. 

This isn't the first time we've seen smoke and probably not the last.  In 2008 there was a wildfire about 60 miles from us and we could see the smoke from it. 


We do our best to help.  We've cleared trees away from the house, cut up the low branches on trees near the house, and we're doing our best to get rid of the dead fall on our property.  We also aren't mowing (not that we would need to mow dead grass) so as to not spark a fire.  No campfires.  No smoking (we don't smoke).  No fireworks (plus we don't want to shoot our eyes out).  Basically we're tyring our best to avoid anything that would spark a fire. 

For info on how to protect your home from wildfires you can go to http://www.firewise.org/.  It's a plethora of very valuable information.  And that's my service announcement for the day.  Enjoy!

Have you experienced smoke from the AZ fire?  Any recent or past experience with wildfires?  I'm hoping our experience is at a distant.  We're praying for the people affected and those fighting the fires.  And praying for rain.

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