I knew I shouldn’t do it. I knew. as fascinated as I am on the subject, that I would regret looking out the window. But, I was curious, and fascinated, and interested… and I couldn’t help myself.
The Springs Fire, getting national media coverage yesterday and this morning (PST), is burning just a few miles away from where I live. Last night, this morning, at 2AM when I woke up to change the little prince’s diaper I looked at my South facing windows…
Have you ever seen the movie “Thirteenth Warrior,” with Antonia Banderas? There is a scene in that movie where the hillside has a snake, a river, a line of fire running down it:
That is what I saw out my window when I looked. The sky was orange, the flames were reaching for it, and in the darkness it all looked so much closer than it actually was. I knew we were safe, but I still shouldn’t have looked. I did manage to get back to sleep afterwards but… well, the image haunted me.
Now that the sun has retaken the sky I can no longer see the flames, and that does put my mind more at ease. I can see the great billowing black smoke smearing out the western horizon. It is impressive. It is a testament to the power of fire.
My thoughts go out to the fire crews working this fire, and the other fires burning today in California and everywhere else for that matter. Be safe, and thank you for what you do.