So this is the fire helicopter that flies, very noisily mind you, just over my house several times a day. It is so huge and very intense looking. It drops down to the reservoirs or "personal lakes" and sucks the water up through the hose. The back park is a huge tank. Then it flies over the fire and drops the water. It is pretty impressive!
This is a house that is kind of close to the fire. There are many houses that have the fire RIGHT in their backyard. Some of the houses are covered in fire retardant. Houses like this are completely doused in water all day long. There are many areas that have been evacuted. Some mandatory, others voluntarily, for now anyway. This weekends forcast calls for plenty of wind. Everyone is kind of holding their breath about that. Last weekend was quite windy and this fire went from 300 acres to 14,000 pretty darn quick. Right now we are at 20,000 and hoping to get it under control before too long. As of right now it is only 9% contained.
Anyway, that is what is going on right now. I will get a bunch of pictures and updates posted on Sunday. Thanks for your patients! Love you all!