We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Thank you very much. I have also found fire tracker, but they have not yet posted maps for my area. Sorry, Habu for got to check your area, but I think you are a lot farther away than we are. From what I can see we are out of harms way, UNLESS of course, there is fire debris, crowning and wind shifting. I have been planning to buy my beloved a new chain saw for our annivesary--you bet I will now!! Also, one of those really nice pumps that you can put in a creek, or a well, or what have you to get water closer to where you need it. I heard some husband muttering about we don't need that anymore--Big Q Ranc and Feed is gonna love me! I once watched a fire take out a 200 year old tree it must have been about 5 or 6 stories tall. From the time the fire reached the base of the tree until there was no evidence that a tree had ever been there was less than 3 minutes. GONE--TOTALLY GONE in 3 minutes! I have a very healthy respect for fire. But to have so many moving so rapidly around the Missoula - Helena-Bob Marshall-Glacier area is amazing. I don't think it has ever been this bad. The fire right behind us has been declared the #1 priority fire in the US. They have called for equipment from the other states. My biggest concern is that this is an area that Plum Creek has been planning to "develop". This fire may enable them to move more quickly now. The politcal struggle has been to try to have the state buy it from Plum Creek. It will be interesting to see how this plays out politically when smoke has died down. Your prayers are much appreciated.
Ditto to the above on the satellite stuff. The USFS probably gets aerial infrared photos that cut through the smoke for their own planning use and are working off those, plus what the tanker guys and others tell them.
I know a gal who is almost certainly out there fighting it right now, but I have no way to get in touch. And she is probably rather busy. But she may have a story or three in a few months.
Stay safe now. Have your beloved chop down a nice big firebreak all around the house sometime.
Thank you folks very much. I think Tuesday will be the telling day. We will be in SEA so are out of harm's way. I have a difficult time with the smoke. Plans for the fall have changed a little due to the delay in construction of cabin. Ahh, life-- Life--LIFE!