Sunday, May 15, 2011

The Horrible Destruction of Forest Fires

Last week, a terrible fire started near our cabin in the Chiricahua Mountains near Portal, Arizona.  It is about an hour's drive from Douglas.   You can see the smoke from a very long distance.  All week I have had several people who have kept me informed about this fire.  Last May, another fired burned in about the same place.  They newspaper say this fire is caused by people.  Unfortunately, this desolate area is a hiding place for drug traffickers from Mexico.

This morning, I received a call from a friend who also has a cabin not far from ours on the other side of the canyon.  She was on her way up to see what she could find out.  Her son works for the forest service and called her last night saying that the fire had taken a turn in another direction.  It had been heading south, which would have meant that it was in the wilderness area.  However, during the night it took a turn and appears to be heading back towards our area.

The last time I was up there a few weeks ago, it was so dry.  I can't remember a time that it was this dry, especially in May.  The creek always ran all winter and dried up for about six weeks in the summer.   There was very little water a few weeks ago.

I can only hope and pray that the firefighters can contain this horrible fire before it destroys too much.  This is my favorite spot on earth and cannot imagine not being able to enjoy it.  I will keep posting on the Twitter part of my blog as I get more information.  Below is a link to a story from the Sierra Vista Herald.

2 remarks:

NP said...

I was thinking about you Sheila when this fire broke out and hoped it wouldn't spread to your area. I understand how you feel because we had to evacuate our cabin a couple of times and it was so scary. I've been saying my prayers.
Love and hugs,

Anonymous said...

Hi Sheila, Seems like ages since I have been on your blog. Just know Tom and I are thinking of you so much and do hope with all these fires everywhere the Scott cabin stays safe. It is indeed a beautiful place with so many fond memories being a part of it! Keep us posted.