The next morning we woke to smoke on the front side of the mountain. There are many homes and ranches on this side. By noon they were calling for a full evacuation of the Hat Six Road Areas.
|this was taken from the back door of my job.|
My friend Jay said that he heard that the gates had been opened and all the horses let out so they could get to safety. Whewwww!!! When I see stuff like this I always want to grab my trailer and offer assistance, but they weren't even letting anyone in.
Not everyone was so lucky. I heard that several ranches did burn but I do not know the exact number.
The fire is pretty much out now, and they are letting people back in. I heard a rumor that someone actually saw someone start this fire. I hope they catch that person and prosecute to the fullest extent of the law. If that is in fact what happened.
It makes me think of our camping trip a few weeks ago. There is a fire ban on the entire state right now. Yet there were many people who chose to ignore it and build fires anyway. It did not matter to them that they were putting the entire area and all of their fellow campers at risk. I just don't get it!
Anyway, no lives were lost that we know of, so that is good. I have not heard if all animals made it to safety, prayers go out to all of those who are suffering loss and damage from this. And thank you to the brave men and women who fought this fire tirelessly until it was contained.
UPDATE: Not all of my information was correct, 6 structures were lost on the back side of the mountain. 400 people evactuated, and the fire is only 10% contained as of this morning. They do expect to have it completely contained by Saturday though. I still do not know how many ranches in the Hat Six area were lost yet.