Since Tuesday, August 11, 2015 there’s been one fire that has my complete attention. The blaze is call the Stickpin wildfire. Not long ago it and three others came together as the Kettle Complex and has consumed 59,321 acres. It’s only 15% contained and that’s with 800 firefighters on the job.
Stickpin was to the south-east of Grand Forks, and up the highway to the west was another wildfire outside Rock Creek. This one took out thirty homes and 15 out buildings, closing the road for a week. The Grand Forks district was on evacuation alert and I went into a state of complete denial, breaking free long enough to read the news on the links above occasionally. Why denial? Take a look at the ways out of town and image everyone on one of them at the same time. *sigh*
Luckily we didn’t have to go anywhere.
There is no longer a evacuation alert, and the men and women that were on the ready in and around Grand Forks have joined the fight in the states. Whatever they are doing to keep the northern portion of the fire under control has made smoke enough to fill our valley. I’m not complaining. I’m not. 🙂
My story is kind of boring, but for others facing wildfires not so much. If you know anyone that has had to leave their home, or is on evacuation alert send them positive thoughts because if the fire doesn’t get their homes looters might.
2015 Aug 26th Addition: The wind has changed and well, I don’t know what is going to happen next…