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Well, yesterday was certainly eventful for my wife & I. After a fun day of rafting on the Rogue with several friends, we came home to some not so much fun excitement. A short but powerful lightning storm last evening around 6 p.m. resulted in about 20 fires in our area (the Applegate Valley in southern Oregon), the biggest of which was started by a lightning strike on the backside of the hill behind our house. Lots of fire fighting vehicles gathered, but there are no roads back there & they said it was too late to send helicopters & planes. We nervously loaded both our cars with what we felt was most important to save (important papers, photos, artwork, oriental rugs, souvenirs from our travels, computers (because they also contained irreplaceable photos & artwork), etc.) & prepared to evacuate. Several friends generously offered to take us in if we indeed had to leave our house. We watched the fire for a while from a neighbor’s house (they had a clear view of it, whereas our hill blocked our view) & saw the wind gust back & forth, blowing it first one way & then another. The firefighters headed up the mountain as best they could, with heavy equipment creating a makeshift road as they went. We finally went to sleep nervously, knowing they would phone us or drive up in time for us to get away if necessary. Fortunately, the call never came & things look under control this morning, though we have been buzzed by firefighting planes & helicopters flying very low all morning. I think they’re just scouting for embers & dousing them to keep them from flaring up again. More lightning is predicted for today, so we’re keeping our fingers crossed...

posted on Monday, August 7, 2006 at 4:43 pm 3 Comment(s)

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