Jan 21 2012
Thankfully, Mother Nature let up on us and brought in a huge winter storm that blanketed the fire with rain and snow. Lately, I’ve thought that Reno hasn’t been able to catch her breath. A train crash, two shooting sprees, the Air Race crash, and now two very large wildfires. But Nevadans are hardy people. No sniveling, complaining. We just roll up our sleeves and get to work. Emerson would be proud of us for we are a very self-reliant group of people. As with every natural disaster, one steps back and examines how they coped. I’ve been evacuated many times. I have a strong box with important papers. My computer is backed up. Thursday I came home from work, walked around the house to see what I really needed, and outside of a change of clothes, a few pieces of jewelry, my kids’ graduations pictures, that was it. I need a new wardrobe anyways! We’ve always had defensible space, and we have a stucco home with a tile roof. We decided we didn’t need to pack that much. We have our dog and gun. (Yes, we are Nevadans.) Driving the fire line and observing the deer who came up around the house, I decided we were going to be okay. Of course, the powers to be wanted us out of here. If the fire came into the trees, it would only be a matter of time, but I didn’t think it would observing the path of the fire. Friends called offering their homes, but we felt we needed to protect our home, unless it got too bad. The truck was in ready position. The blinds were open to see flames, which never came up the hill. Our children were evacuated. One came here–the other took her family to one of the casinos where they got a room for a very nominal price. Thank you, Reno. Sadly, the fire was human caused, and it could have been put out quickly, but it had to be evaluated, and I’m not going into that. Our first responders were awesome. They way they took they horses and animals to the Livestock Center where they are being cared for is to be commended. Our hearts and prayers go out to the people who lost their homes.