Firefighters. Young brave warriors,, hero's Angels
They are there for us.
Let me try and paint a picture though I will do it no Justice.
I was coming back from church today. Staying with traffic which here means 75 on a merge ramp. The car in front had no break lights. But my pappy did not raise no fool. A full four wheel side screech and there I was on the US's highest merge ramp inches from the side rail. I can deal,,, I got out and threw up.
And there over a mile away from my detractor and I saw it. Flames 3 stories high. Oh my,! going right for an apartment building and other homes. Heroes were already on it. A mile from my home.
The wind came up. And we could see thirty foot flames. I was melting right there.
Let me tell you a little something something about fire.
Fire loves to go up. Oh yes, heat rises and flames go into the sky. This fire started next to the freeway and went up the hill. 300 ft in less than thirty minutes. I saw it and I saw those flames licking that apartment building and all those in it within minutes. And the wind blew.
For a moment the wind blew away the smoke. And there stood three mighty heroes. The lead had the hose. The one behind had his belt and the one behind had his belt. And they were on a straight up degree slope. And they kept going down into the fire. We gasped. And we gasp still.
It was nothing short of men and women going to hell for us. They marched right down that cliff into fire. Two more came running and there was a chain, holding the hose and holding each other. And the flames engulfed them. And all was lost. A huge helicopter flew in from the east. And dumped a crap load of water right there, right now!
And the wind blew again and my highway man and I hugged. There they were all five shooting that hose at them flames. Them were now black with soot and smoke.
Wow what heroes and yes the did save the homes and people and yes they put that fire right out. I have a terrible picture of it (the picture not the event) but it is too far to see clearly.
Just cuz they came out the fire toooooo
And There they were.
firefighters!!!! Oh baby!
They beat back those flames and saved lives and homes. And they inspired many. And then they went home.
Across the Colorado River in Arizona many died all at once and did not go home alive. Those were hotshots.
Hotshots are folks who often jump out of plains to land right in the middle or next to raging fires that we cannot get to with vehicles or a short hike. Stop and think about that! In other words we cannot get them out in case of problems.
Do you know a firefighter?
Have you thanked a firefighter lately?
Carelessness Causes fires.
A word here. We have altered our world to make it more comfortable to live in. With that comes responsibility to the earth and to others. Maybe you think it au naturel to leave your yard in a wild state. Maybe you think you are conserving water by not watering your lawn and shrubs. Well you are a bad steward if you think that way. You live in a unit that is not natural and your yard is recompacted soil that is not natural. Letting it be "natural" is dangerous for fire and a farce.
Maybe you think you are too busy to watch your food cook. Bad idea! Any open flame should never be left unattended.
Maybe you do not care about that little spark every time you plug in that little counter top appliance. Bad idea! Maybe you have some stacked wood next to your wooden fence next to garbage cans next to your house. Bad idea!. For Christmas and Halloween lights you just ignore that three prong plug and plug it into a two prong extension cord. Bad idea.
This grounds will help to feed a fast moving fire.
This county has winds blowing in from that desert on your right. They start at a no humidity 100 degrees
The green area in the middle is a forest and shrub country that has not had significant rain in over 90 days
San Diego County is ready to ignite. Much of that land is federal. Most federal firefighters have been sent home : http://wildfiretoday.com/2013/10/01/some-federal-firefighters-continue-to-work-during-government-shutdown/
One stupid camper. One hot muffler in deep dry grass. On amber from a barbeque. One tossed cigarette or one power cable being snapped and we are in a world of hurt.
People will die. Homes will be lost. Millions of dollars will be spent. Lives disrupted and businesses out of business.
So far I think we have had 50 or so small fires. Our firefighters have gotten to them quickly and efficiently and put them out. But no matter how good they are fire is just waiting to break out.
So say a prayer for our friends. Lift up your local district or volunteers or engine company. And stand tall and take extra measures to prevent fire. Forego something that is a little risky. Teach you children well. And do not be the cause of heroism being needed.