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Monday, June 20, 2016

Cedar Creek Fire

On Wednesday of last week a forest fire started to the south of us. It quickly grew to 2,000 acres. Then 4,000, then 5,000, then 8,000, then 10,000 and is now holding pretty steady at 12,000+ acres. Our little community was put on "pre-evacuation" notice so we everyone could fill their car up with gasoline, gather up the things that just couldn't be left behind (pet supplies, medications...) and make a plan to get out of dodge, so that in the event that we were asked to evacuate, we could leave immediately. The fire has currently burnt right up to the trigger points, the lines that determines whether or not we are asked to evacuated. Although in the last couple days the wind shifted (wind is kinda unpredictable like that) and the fire started burning in the opposite direction of us. That's good. Not good that it's moving towards other communities. And not good that the wind is predicted to shift back towards our direction today. Forest fires are unpredictable and at the mercy of the wind and weather conditions. So we wait and see what is to come.
Cedar Creek Fire Day 1
Arizona is a state that lives with forest fires. We don't have hurricanes, tornadoes or earthquakes, but we do have brush fires, flash floods, droughts, and forest fires. So we know the drill. And until the authorities say otherwise, we're staying put at our Little Cabin in the Woods. If they do tell us to leave, we will be out of here in less than 5 minutes.
Cedar Creek Fire day 2 at sunset
Over the last 5 days we've watched the smoke billow on the horizon. As the winds have changed we've had smoke settle in our neighbor hood and some ash fall from the sky. All of this is happening when Arizona is having record breaking temperatures. Yesterday Phoenix was 118 degrees and it was the 95 degrees up here at Little Cabin int he Woods, the hottest I've ever experienced up here. This makes for even more unpredictable fire conditions.

Cedar Creek Fire day 5 as Skycranes fill at a local lake then head back towards the fire in the background. 

In 2002 I was pregnant with Boo, when we were evacuated for a fire that ultimately consumed almost 470,000 acres. And everyone here remembers this like it was yesterday. It was only 3 years ago after all and it's still pretty tender in our hearts. So everyone is erring on the side of caution for the firefighters, hotshots, and the communities effected by this fire. Of course it's good that way, and I wouldn't stay here one moment longer if I thought we were in any type of danger.
Meanwhile, back at the cabin, we are loving our summer despite the fire. Lots of folks have left town already, and that has left our little town extra quiet, just the way we like it! Jude and his buddies have the driving range and the golf course to themselves late in the afternoons, (even if there is smoke in the background) and he's pretty sure that's the same thing as heaven!

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