I'm at my friends' house again, putting up a quick post. Apparently, our internet tower is in the midst of the fire so I may not have internet for weeks.
We're trying to pretend that life is normal in some ways. K and I took a mountain bike ride this morning. K seemed much happier today, perhaps because we're starting to calm down a little.
After the ride with K, I went on a solo ride and checked my wildlife cameras, finding a bunch of action. A bobcat checked the area in front of one camera, sniffing carefully.
Then, he marked the area, kicking back with his hind legs and leaving a "scrape" in the dirt.
At another site, a pair of velvet-antlered mule deer posed for the camera.
It's funny that despite the pervasive smoke, the animals don't seem panicked. Maybe they don't know what it means.
Later in the ride, I caught some views of the fire as the wind started gusting in our direction. Apparently, one of our access roads was closed for a while due to the change in wind. Fortunately, it settled down soon thereafter, and we now have the peace of mind of more than one open road for fleeing.
The fire started marching west, and a slurry bomber dropped a line of red retardant. You can see it almost exactly in the middle of the photo below.
One view showed the gorgeous autumn leaves with the scary fire behind it.
Our fingers are still crossed that the fire doesn't jump the canyon. It is still 0% contained but hasn't grown much in last 24 hours. However, close to 100 buildings are known to be lost.
I'm sorry that I can't read your blog posts right now. My internet time is very limited... Thanks to everyone who is thinking of us.