Andy took some pictures of the fire yesterday. The first four were taken on the way up to the land:
Unfortunately the fire was very active Tuesday evening, and it moved into the Valles Caldera National Preserve. As of 9:00 p.m. last night the fire had burned 10,400 acres, but the 816 people fighting the fire had managed to preserve the buildings and most of the old growth (300-400 years) Ponderosa pines. The fire spread because the humidity dropped and the wind picked up, but hopefully there will be a break in the weather.
Three air tankers and six helicopters are dropping fire retardant and water on the fire. A lot of them were flying over our land yesterday. Here’s a picture of one of the DC-10 air tankers. Andy says the picture isn’t very good because he was inside eating lunch when he heard the plane and ran outside to snap the picture.
And here’s a picture of one of the helicopters with the water bucket. (They fill it from a local lake.)
Keep your fingers crossed that the excitement will be over by next week this time! The fire is still only 5% contained.
Any news where you are?