Well this was an evening to remember. I went to my sister's place for a while, and was just chilling drinking some coffee, and my nephew came and got me outside. The air was thick with smoke that has blown in from the Chilko Lake fire, and the sun was blood red... I've only seen it like that once before. I was okay, everything was cool, and then the fire trucks went screaming by in the direction of my place, so I immediately became frantic, and my sister's husband drove me home (I was in NO condition to drive), as my parents had both gone to get groceries. We live on top of a mountain, and at the bottom is a creek and a little valley... the valley was filled with smoke, and the creek is absolutely dried up because the fire crews are drawing on it for their supply (bless them). We got up to my place, and everything was okay, I phoned my sister to let her know everything was cool, and I went downstairs and just started franticly putting things in a bag. I stopped, forced myself to try to think rationally, grabbed the essentials, and then got the stuff that has sentimental value to me. It's still in the trunk of my car just in case. I caught the horses and haltered them, they didn't know what my problem was, but my hands were shaking... still are. Anyway, we got back to my sister's place and the people that she is letting stay there lost everything. They have two trucks, two dogs, their motorbike, some vital papers, and some clothes. They can't find their parents now Finally Mom phoned me at my sister's, and my parents have decided to stay here for the weekend instead of going camping, and I honestly don't think I'm going to be able to sleep tonight. My nephews were all upset, my sister was upset, I was trying to be the strong one, but all I could think of was "my horses... how am I going to save them?". I'm home now though, and now I'm just waiting and praying. I find it kind of ironic that one of the first things I grabbed was my box of journals. Always the writer I guess. It's scary. Very scary. It's always been one of those things where forest fires haven't really affected me, but now that I've got one to the northwest and one to the south, it's different. The fires in my area are at Deka and Soda Lakes, about a half hour drive, and that's a little worriesome, but they haven't started to spread.
Thank you so much for your prayers and concern, I've never known the fear of losing everything I love.
It just numbs the literary senses, I can't even think of what to say right now in regards to everywhere else that is experiencing the same thing. It's just not fair that people would be so careless as to toss a cigarette into the woods. People's homes, lives and jobs are being burned up because of stupidity. All I can do is shake my head and pray that people around my town are intelligent enough not to be stupid.