Usually, looking skyward is a soul renewing thing. You watch clouds or birds or both and wonder at the universe. Sometimes though reality hits you via the sky and it makes for a less pleasant set of realizations.
Here in California, it’s Fire Season. We’ve had one big (for us) fire in our mountains this summer complete with evacuations (not of us) and smoke-filled skies (cough-cough) and fear for a neighboring community and the realization that it could happen here, as well.
Thankfully, our state fire department (Cal Fire) and the local departments who rush to aid them are really, really good at their work. In August’s fire in Bonny Doon (called the Lockheed fire), they managed to keep any of the homes in the fire area from burning, despite the rugged terrain and difficult access. They kept it from crossing their firelines and getting into the more densely populated areas of Bonny Doon. In short, they rock! And, we’re all grateful for their skill, expertise, and dedication.
But you don’t want to see 3 Cal Fire planes circuling over your house. Thankfully, this time, they were guiding a bucket-carrying helicopter to a water supply so they could quickly put out a small, nearby fire and not getting ready to fight a fire just above my house as I initially feared. Still, it was alarming.
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