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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Wildfire Season in the Dry Southwest


Fire season has begun here in the desert Southwest.  Arizona currently has three pretty good sized wildfires going and several smaller ones.  Today, south and west of my city, there were three fires to cause concern to all of us.  One is out, but may have had a flare-up an hour or so ago.  It was the smallest, but the closest to structures.


The others are still burning.  The worrisome one started across the border in Mexico and this afternoon it crossed into Arizona and is burning the dry grass that grew back after last June's Monument Fire.  So far it is on the other side of the mountains from us.  But, that's where it was last year when the winds shifted and increased, sending it right to us!  The forecast for the week is hot, dry and windy.  Not what we want to hear.


My friend who has the alpacas was one of the first to be evacuated last year and if the winds shift again, she could be right in the path again.  She is hitching her trailers to trucks and getting ready if she needs to get her animals out quickly.  It is scary.

Even those of us who live in town have learned that we are not safe if the winds carry the fire towards us.  Last year hundreds were evacuated, some more than once.  My section of the map would have been the next to be in pre-evac status.  That frightened me.  I was so focused on the fear of the fire and worrying about my friends that I could not make myself think clearly and get our "go bags" packed and our important papers, etc. in one place in case we needed to pack up and leave. 



I will be more prepared this year.  It is better to be ready and not need those things than to have 15 minutes to grab what you can and go.  Preparing...packing...praying. 

I used photos that I gathered from various facebook pages last year.  If you took those photos or know who did, I would love to give credit to the photographers.
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12 comments:

  1. Oh, my! I'll be thinking of you and keeping my fingers crossed that the fires don't come your way! ~ Maureen

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    1. Thanks, Maureen. The next few days are critical with hot temps, humidity in the single digits and strong winds. Prayers for the firefighters and any who may end up in the path of the fire.
      Hugs, GraceinAZ

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  2. Oh- fire is so scary...it just takes on a life of its own. Praying for all of you and for continued safety for you and your friends- xo Diana

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    1. Diana - Thanks from everyone near a fire! So far the wildfire is staying mostly in Mexico, but the winds could change that at any time. We are watching....
      Hugs, GraceinAZ

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  3. Oh my! Praying. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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    1. Cindfy - Thanks! Please keep firefighters in your prayers...Arizona and New Mexico have several active wildfires now.
      Hugs, GraceinAZ

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  4. It's good to be prepared to leave right away. I lived once overseas where there was some potential danger. I kept my passport and some money right where I could grab them and head to the airport if I needed to. Good luck, and blessings to the brave fire fighters. They are heroes.

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    1. Galen - They are heroes for sure! The wind and hot weather are horrible conditions for them and we'll have that weather all week.
      Hugs, GraceinAZ

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  5. Wow that's scary, glad you are ok. I'm a new follower from a blog hop! I would love if you followed me at http://iheartpears.blogspot.com.

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    1. Hubba - The wind will be gone by Sunday and we will be out of danger for the time being. I am not following your blog, too. Thanks!
      Hugs, GraceinAZ

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  6. scary stuff. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop Big Hugs xo

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    1. Katherine - yes, it is very scary. We are okay for now, but everything is so dry we need to be watchful and careful!
      Hugs, GraceinAZ

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