Photo by C. DeSain
So, a brief update.
As I'm sure the majority of you know, we (the county) is in the middle of a massive forest fire. It started on Saturday from a campsite campfire, and many property owners are EXTREMELY angry that there wasn't a full burning ban on when the conditions have been so very dangerous ever since the snow melted. With unseasonably high temperatures (in the high 70s) and incredibly gusty winds, the fire had grown to 16,500 acres by Tuesday and burned over 40-some homes and buildings. This morning, Thursday, the fire is up to 22,000 acres, and the fire fighters are having to purposefully set "controlled burns" in the path of the fire so that it has no fuel once it gets there.
One of our dear friends, who we visited with Tuesday night, lost her beautiful cabin / seasonal home in one of the first days of the fire. With the fire moving away (although it has since turned back on itself), she was allowed a police-escort onto her property on Tuesday afternoon. Here you see the stone steps - resting on top of the scorched ground - leading up to her place from the lake. Her allowed visiting time was 1 hour, but the unpredictable winds turned around while she was there, and officials had to re-evacuate everyone out before her time was up.