On this day the firefighters lit the largest back burn ever attempted in this area. According to information online, it burned a couple square miles. A number of the neighbors didn’t realize this was the back burn, however, and there was Much Panic for a while. This is about a mile and a half away.
Sunset after the back burn.
Sunset the next night. Still lots of smoke, but the fire was much more contained.
Three days after the back burn. Fire mostly contained on the edge nearest to us. I couldn’t tell what was smoke and what was clouds!
It was still hot, but not so smokey, so we ventured outside for the first time in about a week.
Helicopters with buckets and boat planes were a regular sight around here for a few days, which was definitely one of LK’s more favorite things about the whole thing.
And then the rain came. And the fire officially went out. And the smoke disappeared. And things felt fresh again!
Then yesterday we got more rain (and a rainbow!).
Still waiting to see how the housing situation pans out, but I’m still packing and sorting and downsizing because it’s quite clear something is going to happen very, very soon.