This week I am am so thankful for the California Firefighters who fought our Labor Day wildfire! It was very frightening to watch the smoke and ash float over our home. The wind was erratic and drove the fire directly to the south and east. If it had changed direction, who knows?
The fire crews on the ground and in the air did their dangerous job with professionalism & kindness. They are truly heros. One neighbor came home to find the firefighters holding the fire at his fence line. They told him "You need to evacuate! But we're going to save your home!" And they did. They save all but 3 homes and several out buildings. The homes that were lost did not have defensible space around them. Either high grass & weeds, or accumulated junk allowed the fire to take hold too close to the house. In the dry, windy weather, the risk to the fire crews was too great.
This is my plea to all who live in rural areas where wildfires occur: Please make and maintain 100' of defensible space around your home! It will give the firefighters a chance to save it!
These brave men & women didn't get to enjoy their Labor Day picnics & BBQ's. Instead, they kept the fire to 900 acres, saved many homes and animals!
Thank You Firefighters!
Here is a map of the fire. It clearly show the way the north-westerly wind pushed the fire; top to bottom of the map. Our property is represented by the blue arrow & "HERE". Too close for comfort!