On Tuesday afternoon, our family was on our way out of town to stay overnight at a friend’s cabin when we saw a fire explode on the mountain by our home. It was started in the rodeo grounds by a backhoe hitting a rock which caused sparks which ignited a brush fire. (Many wild fires have been burning out of control here in Utah over the past several weeks due to lack of rain for over 40 days. It is super dry and Utah is desert land. Colorado is also having the same problems.) I took this photo with my iPhone:
I could see the fire was by our dear friends house, Jerry and Judy Pasley. I immediately called to see if they were okay. They had gone to Idaho for the holiday and I was the first one to tell them of the grave news. Of course they were in shock. We immediately turned back around to go to their home to salvage any valuables. Can you imagine being in Judy’s position? She’s several hundred miles away trying to wrap her head around what should be removed from her house. In the end she only cared about photo negatives and pictures that her daughter had hand-drawn of her children.
When we got to the street that led to their home, a police officer told us we could not continue up the street–all of the homes had been evacuated. We stood at the bottom of the street with Pasley’s daughter helplessly looking on for over an hour. The fire raced up the mountain and threaten to take over neighborhoods. Hundreds of police cars, firetrucks, ambulances, helicopters and airplanes throughout the state came to the rescue. It was very touching to watch how much people cared. This was the scene overhead:
Over 500 home were evacuated and several thousand acres were burned. Our beloved mountain, once picturesque and beautiful, is now mass of ugly burned sage brush and branches.
Here are the blessings:
1. Only one barn completely burned down.
2. Only a few houses had damage.
3. All hikers, campers and even a scout troop on the mountain got down safely unscathed.
4. Yesterday the fire was only 5% contained, but after 40-something days of no rain, it miraculously started to pour yesterday thus helping to put the fires out.
We are all relieved the worst of it is over for now. The events of the last few days have reminded me there is always a silver lining behind every cloud.
We had a great 4th of July! It started with a yummy blueberry pancake, eggs and sausage breakfast, then a small-town parade in Filmore, Utah. The afternoon consisted of a pool party and BBQ at the Bearnson home. My cute niece made this yummy dessert and I had to take photo of Roberto with it:
I think he was a little overwhelmed at how big the Americans celebrate the 4th. That night we went to a huge patriotic display of fireworks and sat in row 17 jamming to:
And also this young man (Scotty McCreery):
Now we are off getting ready for our next adventure. Three weeks in Europe! We leave in a little over a week.
Hope your 4th of July was happy and safe!