Thanks to all of you who have sent us good wishes. The fire is still 0% contained and has grown to about 11 square miles. However, the winds have been persistently blowing it in the opposite direction from us. Of course, that means that other people's homes are in grave danger, and I feel terribly for them.
As we watched the fire from a lookout point last night, we saw houses literally exploding like torches. Then, as soon as the combustible gas in the house was exhausted, the fire would dwindle slightly, revealing a house frame. I literally felt sick watching it.
We have no internet service, a by-product of the fire. So, this will be short because I am imposing on a friend.
This morning, K and I went out for an easy ride. Heavy smoke permeated the air so we took it easy on our lungs. Because it was early in the morning, the heaviest smoke still lay in the gulches and canyons, as you can see behind K in the photo below.
K acted incredibly worried on our ride this morning. Her head hung low and she didn't exude any joy at all. She's such a sensitive dog. I did convince her to hold her head high for one photo.
Normally, the view below extends endlessly out onto the plains. This view gives you a glimpse of the terrain that the firefighters are working in.
By the end of our ride, even a 14,000' peak was enshrouded as the rising wind drove the smoke out of the valleys and into the mountains.
Aircraft buzzed around us, giving me the feeling that the authorities were hard at work.
However, by the end of our ride, the skies looked as bad, if not worse, than yesterday. The smoke wasn't any closer to our house but extended forever, as far as I could tell.
Please don't worry if I have no update tomorrow. Our internet will be down "indefinitely" so I may not be able to post anything. Also, have no worries, if we're told to evacuate, we will. We are not planning to stay with our house to the bitter end. Better to lose a house than a life.