Wednesday, June 27, 2007

The Lake Tahoe Fire

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Robb and I have been closely following the Lake Tahoe fire, which changed directions yesterday and is burning dangerously near our friend Kel's home and nursery business.


Our hearts go out to all the people who have lost their home, and to everyone -- like Kel (that's ArtTrekker to you letterboxers) -- who has been evacuated, and must be sitting on pins-and-needles, watching the course of this huge wildfire.


It seems that this fire may be a symptom of global climate change (changing rain patterns) and the way we "manage" our land. But that is a discussion for another day.


For now, please send good thoughts out the the families in the Lake Tahoe area, and to the brave firefighters.


If you are feeling charitable, consider a donation to the American Red Cross.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

My younger brother was in the Air Force years ago and stationed in Rapid City, in the Dakotas, when Yellowstone National Forest burned. It turns out the US military was called in to help.

Instead of shooting the trees, they were helping the firefighters to fight the fire, and he had told me many people got injured from crazed animals running around because they were freaking out. At least one guy got gored by a well-antlered deer. The smoke and noise scares the animals, but it turns out the ground itself was so hot, that the animals actually had trouble even walking, so it was a big, big mess of jumping, leaping and frightened animals. Bears too, so that sounds pretty dangerous to me. I sure hope a bear doesnt leap onto your friend. Consider them lucky for being out of there.

Annalisa

Music Woman said...

We had a wild fire in the Meshomasic State FOrest area here in CT back in the late 90's, which came really close (within a few hundred yards) to my parents' house. Mom was freaking out (as well she should have) since my Dad was on a business trip, and was afraid that she would have to evacuate. Thankfully, the town and state firefighters were able to get the fire under control within a couple of days.

I will keep Kel in my prayers.

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