Sunday afternoon, I had just returned from town. I was going to show Jason how the whipping wind was making the coal dust from the energy plant look like smoke. When we looked out the window, we saw real smoke. Lots of it. Soon we could see flames. We prayed with the kids. We started packing the stuff we'd like to save. We prayed some more. I sat down to nurse Cael and looked out the window to see lots and lots of smoke blowing towards us. It was so dark! And then... thru the smoke... I see flames. Much closer and moving our way. The power went out and we knew we needed to leave immediately! We grabbed the kids and we were gone! No time for photos. No time to pack more.
My dear friend, Amber, and her family allowed Kjersten & Brennen to stay with them. It was such a relief not to worry about keeping them entertained. Rhys, Cael, Jason and I stayed with my in-laws at Jason's grandparent's house. We just waited and prayed. It sounds a bit petty (you'd be amazed what you worry about...) but I was really concerned about my OAMC meals in the freezer. See my post below. With no power, I kept thinking "I'm gonna lose all those meals and all the frozen milk for baby... Whaaaaaaaaaa..."
We were allowed to return Tuesday afternoon. Our home is fine. Our view is so sad. Two homes lost and a number of outbuildings. No lives lost. We are so grateful!
The plane is dropping slurry. Our house is the one on the right.
Our new view. The (not nearly wide-enough for comfort) valley between our home and these is where the fire was stopped. It did not come up our side, thanks to the efforts of the fire crews. One crew even brought in all of our flammable belongings off our deck. The less fuel for fire outside the house, the better. (We'll remember this in the future!)