So, I hope you don't mind but I thought having our house almost burn down was worthy of more than just one post ….
While Briefcase was using a hose to spray down the perimeter of our yard, and my sons threw bucket after bucket of pool water over our fence line,
I took photos.
I didn't just take photos. I called 911 first, I made sure everyone in my family was safe. I did responsible adult/parent things.
I took photos.
The shots I'm sharing with you today are not necessarily in the order they were taken.
First, a look at the fire in the brush right behind my house:
We got a lot more rain than usual this year, but the brush lit up like a tinderbox.
And yes, the fire was deliberately set by a couple assholes.
Next, is a photo of one of the first firemen to arrive. He jumped the fence, and brought the fire hose from one of the engines in front of our house. (That's a long, long, ways!) The firemen told us they had just practiced a "long hose drill" that morning.
Ok ladies, no dirty jokes.
But it was nice to know they pulled out their long hoses for me.
Saaaaaaaaaavvvvvvvvvve me Mr. Hot Fireman!
Ahem … just kidding.
(I joke now, but my heart was pounding with fear at the time of the fire … and actually, for quite awhile even after I knew we were going to be fine.)
Teamwork … it was awesome to watch!
In the above photo, the wind had shifted away from our house. You can see the black, burned area, behind the firemen.
Awhile later, it shifted back towards us and the fire started traveling up the hill toward us.
The fire helicopter was critical then.
The pilot flew through smoke over and over again, to get water from our lake.
He brought the helicopter down and hovered just a few feet above the lake.
Our lake is often used as a water source during wildfires.
This is the first time it's been used to save us/our home.
Have I mentioned all the firemen who helped us last weekend are the most awesome people in the world?
Because they are.