Friday, June 27, 2008

The Ethan Fire

We don't typically get earthquakes here in the desert, though we'll occasionally feel ripples from California's. If a hurricane heads for us, we're far enough inland that we're thankful for the rain. We don't generally see tornadoes either. Our biggest danger here is wildfire.

Lightning from the dry storm that ripped through here a couple of days ago started a large fire on the Gila River Indian Reservation. I live at least twenty-five miles away, maybe more. Two days after the Ethan Fire started, here's how it looked from my balcony this evening just before sunset.

And zoomed a bit.

While we're in no danger, about twenty-five families have been evacuated.

Two or three years ago there was a fire maybe two miles from the house. Fortunately, that was put out in a few hours. Usually, it's difficult terrain that lets our wildfires get out of control. That seems to be the case with the Ethan fire.

1 comment:

^JR^ said...

I don't know if you were already an SFWA member or not, but I see the seal on your webpage now. Congrads!