Yesterday was a typical morning at our house. I was up way before dawn, but even in my bleary state, I jumped out of bed to take in the predawn views.
I never cease to revel in the view from our home. Scott and I agree how fortunate we are to have this and our pact is never to take it for granted. I listened to the chirping birds, watched the family of deer pass by and smelled the sweet star jasmine. It was a perfect spring morning. I wondered if I should close all the high windows, in case of heat, but decided against it.
I would later regret that decision.
This was the first sign of trouble as I drove up our street after work. I saw a group of firefighters on the side of the road and thanked them for saving our homes from a fire back in 2008. I had been home that day and it was terrifying. I assumed this was a small brush fire down the street this time. As I drove up higher to our home my heart was racing. I saw more fire equipment but couldn’t see how much had burned until I parked and ran into the house, with my heart racing.
The smell of smoke was overpowering as I opened the door to our house,
and saw this.
Up in smoke!
The fire burned all the way up to our pool.
and yet feeling very fortunate. Our home and our cat, Jack, were intact. I called Scott, in a panic, to come home.
But really, there wasn’t much to be done. Scott had worked several weekends to clear out defensible space behind our property line and that is an essential piece to fire safety.
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We saw this series of images on the news and on twitter last night. This one shot from between our house and the neighbors.
Thank you brave firefighters and neighbors!
This is our home on the left.
This is what I was doing during the fire here 8 years ago. Scary!!
Thank you isn’t really enough…
Our house is saved! No structures were damaged but the fire burned to the foundation of our neighbor’s home.
The firefighters (distance) worked the hot spots for hours. We are so grateful.
What a difference 8 hours can make. We are exhausted today. After a stuffy night with smoke inside and outdoors, we awoke to fresh air and the scent of our star jasmine again wafting in my (thankfully) open window. Signs of spring are coming back, but I’m afraid we will be living with a charred landscape for months.
This is a clip from Action News.
Thank you for the kind words on Facebook, text and email last night.
It is so good to know that friends and colleagues care so much!