Monday, February 11, 2008

Fire and Wind

The wind roared through here all day yesterday. It shook the house, shredded a couple of the sheep shelters, blew everything that wasn't nailed down across the yard. It was like being at the bottom of a floodwater river---only with air instead of water: just that constant feeling of fierce current pulling at you.

Due to the low humidity, warm temperatures, and ferocious winds, the weather report had warned of a high risk of fires. As it turned out, they were right! There were several fires in the area, including one large one on the hillside that I can see from my office window.

Smoke poured out of it in huge billows all afternoon and evening, but it seems to have quieted down by this morning. I don't envy the firefighters who had to do battle with it in those fierce winds!

The gossip down at the local corner store is that it may have happened from the wind blowing down some power lines and starting the fire that way, but we don't know for sure.

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