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Maddy McCall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 07:58 PM
Original message are you faring the fires?
How are you doing? Are the wildfires under control yet? Did they get close you to your residence?

I saw you had posted in the dog thread, so I knew you were in the lounge, and was wondering how you are doing--thought about you today :-).
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havocmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 09:16 PM
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1. Not looking good, but the town is still OK!
At least 19 ranches evacuated. Fire went from 1300 acres Friday evening to 13,000 this afternoon. Command center moved from the Missouri Breaks to the fair grounds just a mile west of town (Town is 6blocks by 8 blocks).

Here is a link:

<snip> Garfield County Sheriff Kelly Pierson said Sunday afternoon he had evacuated 19 ranch homes and that depending on the wind, there might be more families leaving their homes before the days end.

Our priority is to get people evacuated, Pierson said. When that wall of fire comes over the hill, theyre ready. Most people when you drive in the yard their stuff is packed and theyre looking for vehicles.

Pierson said most of the evacuees are staying with relatives in Jordan or elsewhere in the area.

This is a close-knit community out here, he said.

The four fires were estimated at 13,000 acres Sunday morning, but spokesman Pat McKelvey said the Big Coulee, Germaine and Indian Springs fires had all grown significantly during the day. The Ghost Coulee Fire remained at about 1,500 acres, McKelvey said. ///

As I mentioned last night, sheriff's inlaws are up there. Probably in town in Kelly's house today; they are not spring chickens.

I did manage to get a nap in today. Looks like another long night for da momma and all the folks around here. Some hay fields caught on fire and guyswere dragging huge bails away from danger and plowing fire breaks up around fields and houses.

The Missouri Breaks are really tough country, lots of ridges and deep ravines. Fire jumps from ridge to ridge then streaks through the ravines, known locally as 'coulees'. Imagain a land where the fire spreads out like branches on huge trees laid flat on the map. Then it hits the prairie.

But we are still here. Just not breating very deep.

Thanks for checking on me. makes me feel like I have an angel watching over me. :-)

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