The sun rose this morning without that intense red orange, and that was a good thing. That meant the smoke has mostly cleared. They said this morning that the fire is now 50% contained. Woohoo! We slept much better last night.
We stuck around the house all day yesterday, keeping tabs on the fire and ready to pack up if need be. We have a great community around us that kept us informed with the latest so we were confident that unless the winds really picked up in the wrong direction, we were going to be fine. Fire crews were amazing – prioritizing the houses and working on firewalls to prevent an eastward spread. Over 250 firefighters, 2 blackhawk helicopters, and a slurry plane were hard at work for most of yesterday. It was quite an operation to watch as we tried to be normal by spring cleaning the backyard.
Just to give you an idea of how close, this photo was taken from the corner of our backyard. We watched the black hawks dropping water on a hot spot, just over the ridge from our neighborhood.
This is an arial photo taken from the Boulder OEM twitter page. The arrow is pointing to the hot spot pictured above. All of the bright white to the left is where the fire was burning at around 11am yesterday. It kind of freaks me out to look at that!
We decided to venture out for the sunset and a trip to the dog park about 5 miles north of us. It was a little surreal to be so close to a near disaster and yet so far. We couldn’t see the smoke, we couldn’t smell the smoke, and nobody seemed to even be aware of the dire situation just around the bend. Everyone was at the park loving the spring like weather and loving life. And we were totally shell shocked. It made us wonder how often we are near people who are living a reality that we are completely unaware of. And how easy it is to be carefree when life is anything but for others.
We are so very grateful for all those who participated in saving our neighborhood and will continue to do so in the coming weeks. Thank you for not being carefree this weekend and working tirelessly for people you will likely never know. How many of us can say we have done that at the end of the day?