Saturday, November 15, 2008

At last count 15 houses have burned to the ground in our town.

The fires are still blazing. There are not enough firemen and crews to go around.

I am sure they are feeling as frustrated and helpless as the rest of us.

The fire started this morning around 9:00 a.m. not to far from our house.

The winds were strong and heading to the west which quickly sent the fire into the other neighboring towns where it jumped the freeway this afternoon and has created such destruction it is almost unbelievable.

If the winds had been blowing to the East this would be a very different post because my house could have looked like this one.

or this one.......
While I am feeling lucky and blessed, I am also feeling like a bad person for being thankful that someone else's house has burned down instead of my own. I really didn't want that either. I just wish the heavens would open up and rain would pour down to help out these poor tired fire crews.

Those of us who don't live in the heavily wooded area's have always felt safe. Yes, fires raged all around us but we didn't have a lot of brush to burn and we had tile roofs. Our tile roofs would surely save us.


All it takes is for the embers to get underneath the eaves and take hold and your house will burn from the inside out. That is what is happening tonight.

As we drove home from the mountains this evening the night sky was lit up and you could see the flames still burning brightly. Our children asked tentatively if our house was OK, wanting reassurance that their lives had not been turned upside down in a matter of hours.

I wonder how many children can't say that tonight? As of this writing more than 100 houses have burned to the ground.


  posted at 11:17 PM  

At 7:51 AM, Blogger Heidi @ GGIP said...

I was thinking along similar lines yesterday. We do tend to think that bad things won't happen to us, but really they can and do. And it is hard to balance the thankfulness of being safe and healthy to the sorrow that bad things happened to someone else. I think about this in light that Blue's syndrome is not so bad as some others. But it doesn't make sense for many reasons...

I pray that the fires will be put out soon.

At 10:42 AM, Blogger Janice said...

I live in calm and boring upstate NY where the most major event for the past 20 years has been an ice storm that knocked out power... what an incredible thought you are so close!

We will be praying for you and your family- and those who have been directly affected by the fires. Would to the Good God of heaven that this may burn the fires of passion to spread the Gospel! Death and flames seem very real to many there! May they run to God who is able to save them from the flames of eternity!

At 12:30 PM, Blogger Melanie said...

I had no idea that the fires were in your town! How scary! Praying for you and your family!

At 2:11 PM, Blogger The Gang's All Here! said...

Oh, I was just wondering about you this a.m. when The Boss was watching the news. Praying for you all!

At 7:33 AM, Blogger holly said...

How awful!! Praying that you stay safe, and that everyone who becomes involved stays safe.

At 2:38 PM, Blogger Brenda said...

I was thinking about those fires this morning. Seeing the news coverage doesn't tell it like you do! Praying you are all safe---homes can be rebuilt--families, not so much.

At 12:54 AM, Blogger Connie said...

I just found your blog. Glad you guys made it through the fire ok. I live in Riverside and was heading to Orange Co. on the 91 when they closed the freeway and had to turn around and go home. Hope all goes well with your adoption. Connie

At 1:57 PM, Blogger Lisa @ The Preacher's Wife said...

Oh Julie....

You know, before blogging these types of these seemed tragic but so impersonal. But knowing that you and so many other women are facing this just brings the tragedy home. I'm so sorry for your community but grateful you are okay...

At 6:18 PM, Blogger Missy said...

Praying that some rain comes your way soooon!!

At 7:52 AM, Blogger Michelle said...

How horrible!

At 7:24 AM, Blogger Kristin said...

Wow, Julie, I'm late here, but thank God you are all safe! I didn't know you were so close to all that. My sister is in San Diego and, so far, nothing there. I pray continued protection for your family and home!


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