Sunday, July 8, 2012

Fire Country

     Seems every other year or so I have to inform you of a fire in our canyon... crazy as it is we live in serious fire country.  Some folks find hurricanes and tornado's tolerable and live in areas which see many such events.  Here we live in a canyon on a mountain which is subject to burning out every few years.  We are also on top of a major earthquake fault line.  I will take the quakes over the fires any day! Ever since the last fire hit when we evacuated.  Come to think of it, that one hit in the early days of July as well.
     For many years I was under the misinformation that all parts of the country were similar to ours in rain fall.  We have NONE from May-June all the way through to end of October.  I thought it was normal to have to water anything you wanted to live through the drought months. Never gave the Kudzu a second thought, just figured it was green on the East coast of the country.  I actually thought it might be nice to plant some here due to it's voracious nature.  Instead I planted mint which doesn't need watering and grows like a weed.  ;-)  Irrigation, drip systems and sprinklers have always been in my vocabulary.  Imagine my shock when the internet opened the world to me and I learned all of that watering paraphernalia wasn't the norm country wide.
     So every few years or so we deal with high alert due to flames.  One year the fire was just across the street, it was so alive, so vibrant.  This monster was eating everything in my sight and terrifying us all.  It had a voice, loud and angry, it had colors I had never seen or imagined before, it was alive and it was hungry!  Fortunately the firefighters had it contained in a few, very long, days and although we had to evacuate (no small feat with an InValid in tow) we lived through it.  Our neighbors banded together and got us all out, 1 adult, 2 teens, 2 dogs and 2 cats.  I don't believe any homes were lost that year.
     Silence, no planes, that's scary as I still see lots of white smoke, 4:52pm.  The fire planes are here dropping from Lake Tejon, conveniently located across the freeway from us.
     All that to say we have a major brush fire here, I'm all alone and a little scared, having a very bad day due to my ailments.  My family went to church and to a luncheon afterwards with some new friends.  Even though they are on their way home (1 hour drive to the city) they will not be able to come for me as it looks as if they closed the only road into the canyon.  If you are of the persuasion, please pray for all of the people here in the canyon.

LEBEC, CA (Sunday, July 8, 2012 at 3:33 p.m.)--A brushfire was reported at about 3:30 p.m. to be "running up a hill" near Lebec Oaks Road, Lancer Way and Star Court. Fire engine 56 and 356 are enroute. Fire officials have indicated the fire has a moderate rate of spread and the "potential is high."
LEBEC, CA (Sunday, July 8, 2012 at 3:46 p.m.)--The fire is reported to be spreading from Star Court eastward toward Lancer Way.
LEBEC, CA (Sunday, July 8, 2012 at 3:49 p.m.)--Kern County Fire Department has advised the sheriff's department to close Lebec Oaks Road at Lebec Road, preventing any traffic from entering the O'Neil Canyon area.
LEBEC, CA (Sunday, July 8, 2012 at 3:53 p.m.)--A resident has reported that the fire is moving to the west, not east.
LEBEC, CA (Sunday, July 8, 2012 at 4:25 p.m.)--Radio traffic indicates that fire officials believe the "Lancer fire" may be "somewhat contained" at this time, subject to changes in the wind.
LEBEC, CA (Sunday, July 8, 2012 at 4:34 p.m.)--Kern County Fire Department's Incident Commander on the Lancer fire has estimated the fire to be between 30 and 50 acres in size at this time.

This is part of the July 6, 2012 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.

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