First there was the Taylor Bridge Wildfire last August. It destroyed dozens of homes and millions of dollars worth of property. While the fire was eventually contained, it is still burning. And now this area is being devastated by the Table Mountain Wildfire which was sparked September 8th when severe lightening storms moved through the area. The outlook is bad, too. Dry lightening is predicted for this weekend, and there is no rain in the forecast for the next seven to ten days. Adding fuel to this fire as well, so to speak, is that it’s burning the very forests that we visited when my niece was here-I remember seeing many, many, dead trees, victims of the spruce bud worm and pine beetle. Trees that are now providing a huge amount of “firewood.”
I read yesterday that the Table Mountain Wildfire is now burning roughly 30,000 acres and that the plumes of smoke billowing into the atmosphere have reached as high as 40,000 feet. Once again, lives and property are in peril.
Here in town, air quality is consistently classified as being in the extremely hazardous zone, and while it’s unsafe and highly inconvenient for us, I worry about the firefighters who are out there on the fire lines. They are suffering from exhaustion, frustration, and the overwhelming uphill battle to contain this fire. And in the worst kind of news, sadly, last Monday, a firefighter died.
In an effort to continue helping, I’m extending my 20% Etsy shop donation through October, with the money I raise going toward fire fighter relief-buying supplies like bottled water and high energy snacks.
Our local fairgrounds, where just a few short weeks ago we were all having fun. Now it’s a base camp for firefighters so that they have a place to rest, eat and get away for a while.
Now, if I could only donate some rain and snow.