Fire in the valley!

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This evening at about 5:30 a few of our neighbors were out at our shop, visiting and enjoying a brew. All of a sudden we heard a horn honking so I went to see who it was and why they were honking.

It was another neighbor - one who lives a couple of miles up the mountain. He was waving his arms and shouting "Forest Fire. Forest fire!" He lives up the mountain from the fire -where there is no land line or cell service - so I headed for the house to call 911. He and two of our other neighbors - the ones who lived nearest the smoke - hurried off toward the fire...

The 911 operator assured me that help was already on the way and I went back to the shop to report. Soon the neighbors were back, telling us that fire trucks were headed up the hill.

Before long our skies were filled with aircraft!

A helicopter made trip after trip to Blue Lake (just a mile away from us and very near the fire) and by a little after 6 a very large airplane arrived to dump bright red retardant. There must have been more than one of them, because it was only a few minutes before another and then another came to dump more.

I think it's interesting that this photo caught the image of water falling - but my eyes had not!

I am very grateful for the fire fighting tools we have today. Forty years ago when a fire broke out, it was men with chain saws, shovels, and axes who tried to control it. Sometimes they brought in bulldozers to create a fire line.

Today, while they did take tanker trucks and a crew up the mountain, they had the benefit of huge amounts water and retardant being dumped from the air. The fire was out within less than 3 hours. We're fortunate because the water supply is so close, but it was only a little over an hour from the time the fire was reported until the retardant was coming down.

I imagine there's still a crew up there checking for hot spots, but boy - what a difference!

I'm also grateful that this has been a cooler summer and we've had good rain storms periodically.

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
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Good morning, Marte Cliff thank the Lord they responded quickly... it doesn't take long for forest fires to spread .... 

Aug 19, 2019 03:23 AM #1
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Nina Hollander
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Oh wow, Marte. How scary and it could have turned out so much more badly. Our firefighters and first responders are such heroes. And how can we not be thankful for all the tools we have today to fight disasters like fires. Just can't imagine living anywhere today where there is no landline or cell service.

Aug 19, 2019 05:36 AM #2
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Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
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Barbara Todaro Yes, we were very fortunate to have such fast response. A few years ago we had an exceptionally dry summer and crews were working "everywhere." They might not have been able to respond so quickly then. I think I posted a photo that year - we couldn't see the mountains across the valley because of smoke coming in from all directions. Sunshine was orange for weeks.

Nina Hollander I know. It was common when I was a kid, but now... I don't like it at all when the phone is out. Those folks are also off the power grid. They do just fine with water, solar, and generator power, but I'm glad I don't have to do the same!

 

Aug 19, 2019 07:09 AM #3
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Marte,

I can understand, and we have been through this the last few years.  These men and women are to be lauded for their work even more than they are.  A

Aug 19, 2019 09:20 AM #4
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I agree, Ron and Alexandra Seigel - their response was truly impressive!

Aug 19, 2019 09:48 AM #5
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Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
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Wow Marte Cliff that could have turned out a whole lot different had the word not gotten out so quickly.  So glad to know you're safe and nobody was harmed.  When we have fires close to us (usually further north just outside of town) I always hope and pray that they're able to contain them quickly.

Aug 19, 2019 03:23 PM #6
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Yes, Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886 - we were very fortunate. I was really amazed at the "fire power" they brought in to knock it down so quickly. It came up so fast - I had walked out to the shop just a half hour earlier, and at that point the smoke hadn't risen high enough for me to notice it above the trees and mountaiside to the west of our meadow. By 5:30 it was billowing WAY up into the sky.

Aug 19, 2019 04:49 PM #7
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Oh my gosh, Marte!   Glad that you and your neighbors are fine.  Those of us who live in the city may take for granted how quickly our fire departments can get to a fire without having to call in helicopters or planes. 

Aug 19, 2019 05:05 PM #8
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Kathy Streib I don't think we were in danger. If the fire came this way it could have destoyed our outbuildings, but our house is away from the trees and the vegetation around it is well watered every day. The people who live up the mountain, however, did  have something to worry about. I'm sure they breathed a huge sigh of relief when help arrived so quickly.

Those big airplanes were pretty impressive. I wish I'd gotten a video of the one that flew so close over the house. Watching that huge red cloud of retardant come down made me hope that the fire fighters who were up there near the blaze had face masks. It can't be good to breathe that stuff.

Aug 19, 2019 07:41 PM #9
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Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
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Oh my gosh - how terrifying! I'm so glad they responded so quickly and that you're all ok!

Aug 20, 2019 04:49 AM #10
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Marte Cliff
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Thanks Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl - Yes, it could have turned out differently, that's for sure. I'm going to be interested to learn how large the burned area is - I'm sure one of the neighbors will take a hike up there in the next few days and let us all know.

Aug 20, 2019 11:51 AM #11
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