17 June 2011

Reversed roles...

From the citizen side:
As a cop for 32 years, and a CA Army National Guard Soldier, I had helped evacuate people in all kinds of disasters...floods, fires and earthquakes.  I can recall many times when I was standing at a traffic check point and citizens drove up and asked: "How bad is this fire?" 
Many times, I had no answer for them....I always felt sorry that they had to leave their home or I was blocking them from getting to their home. 

Yesterday, I was in the citizen's position when deputies from the Cochise County S.O. drove into my yard and told me we had to leave soon. 

I was busy hosing down the yard and the house...and the fu--ing propane tank.....I heard several of them explode yesterday.

As the fire got within a few miles, I saw the air tankers start dropping that orange/red shit on the fire....

If I ever find them pilots, I'll buy them a beer. 

The fire is still going....and the winds change every minute.... so I'm going back out on the hose...

If you look close, you can see the air water dropping plane.

...and another fire started near the Army Fort.  Home of the MI.  Hopfully the Army can do a better job at stopping it. 

4 comments:

Gumtree said...

take care matey....

Paxford said...

Keep safe - sending prayers heavenwards that the wind dies down

Pax

powdergirl said...

Our local fire-fighting heli pilots got a little over-zealous one year, and the people were reporting every puf of dust on the horizon. Someone called in a fire when it was actually our drillers making rock dust, which can, of course look very similar to smoke. Our guys barely made it out of the path of the fire retardant they dropped. But the drill was red/orange shit colored for a while : ) Don't kick up any dust while you're out there on the hose, and if you do, make sure you've got your running shoes on. Good luck, I hope they keep the fires at bay, it sucks when your house burns down. And whats with all those propane tanks?

Jay said...

Thinking of you. Keep safe.