A few weeks ago I posted about my idyllic two days at Partington Ridge. Beautiful Partington Ridge, that was sometimes called "the Shire," has burned in the Gallery Fire, one of 400 fires that started Saturday afternoon in that thunderstorm. My hosts' home is the command center for the fire, where they are making a last stand.
Since Saturday, I have heard many versions of the comment, "Well, those people won't take care of their homes, what do they expect?" So let me say that this home has the hundreds of feet of open space around it, not to mention mowed green lawn. It takes a lot of work to prepare for this day.
I've added three feeds to my reader, because it is only June. The Firefighter blog is an excellent source for news, and this statement: "The State of California is in the midst of the worst wildfire crisis in modern state history. More than 900 wildland fires are burning, many unstaffed. Incident commanders are making do with skeleton crews in most cases. We are still early in the 2008 fire season." The CDF has two feeds, one from the website, the other a blog.
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