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Monkeynips13  (Level: 21.5 - Posts: 647)
Wed, 15th Jul '09 11:12 PM


I live in a very rural neighborhood in a high desert mountain valley, and around 2 P.M. we were beset by wildfires, one about 3 miles north of us that has spread 2000 acres, and one about 20 miles south that has spread 1000 acres. Since that time, fire fighters have been working around the clock to contain the fires and prevent them from entering our valley. This last couple of days it has been ungodly hot (90-100 degrees) and I can only imagine how hot it is for those working in the vicinity of the fires. So to firefighters all around the world, thankyou for all that you do to keep us safe, and know that the great risks that you take and the perils you face on a regular basis are truly appreciated.

Salzypat  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 5428)
Thu, 16th Jul '09 12:06 AM

Since you wrote this note, I'm assuming at this point you and yours are all safe. I hope you continue to stay safe.

Don't know about in those types of fires, but a firefighter told me the gear they have to wear is at least 80 pounds. So are they not only working in extreme heat and hazardous conditions, they are also packing probably a minimum of 80 pounds with them. Dehydration is a constant worry.

Keep in touch so we know you are safe.

Sherilynn1962  (Level: 116.6 - Posts: 372)
Thu, 16th Jul '09 1:53 AM

Wow, Alison - I didn't even notice any smoke - shows how oblivious I am.

The firefighters out here do an outstanding job. You'll all be in my prayers.


Monkeynips13  (Level: 21.5 - Posts: 647)
Thu, 16th Jul '09 11:40 AM

The fires are are pretty concentrated in the North Valley's of Reno, Hallelujah Junction,and Red Rock Rd. near Rancho Haven.. There are no actual news updates on the fires this morning, but the Red Rock fire (the one that was the most immediate threat to those of us who live in Rancho Haven), seems to have been pretty much contained. All of yesterday afternoon and evening there were flames dotting the mountainside and huge billows of smoke coming from the general direction of the source. You couldn't see the sky through all of the smoke. This morning, however, the skies are clear and their are only a few isolated smoke trails coming from the source area. Again, I applaud the fire crews who worked through the night to keep our tiny little community safe. I hope some rest and family time is in their near future.

Clevercloggs  (Level: 27.4 - Posts: 1246)
Thu, 16th Jul '09 12:43 PM

Firefighters are true heroes in my book, my house caught fire on Christmas Eve once. Having said that, we have a reserve fire station near where i live. I called them and got an answerphone !!!! If that wasn't bad enough the message said "Try and keep it going until we get there".

Ladyvol  (Level: 213.0 - Posts: 5682)
Thu, 16th Jul '09 1:52 PM

They are heroes one and all..from the volunteers to the regular firefighters. And being the mom of a volunteer firefighter my hat is off to them..They are all awesome...
Thank God for them all!

Pennwoman  (Level: 163.1 - Posts: 2475)
Thu, 16th Jul '09 2:53 PM

I put a tea kettle of water on one day, and in a minute or two, I heard my son fussing upstairs, he was 18 months old and napping. I went upstairs and lie down beside him just to settle him. Then I smelled a funny metal odor and remembered the kettle.... I got to the kitchen and the burner had a fire on it and the kettle was gone..... and then the fire grew, I grabbed a broom to beat it down, and as I brought the broom over the fire, it was so hot the broom caught fire....before I even hit the stove.... I knew I was in trouble then, I called 911, but despite being an ER nurse for years and handling many emergent situations, I was in a dead panic and couldn't tell them where my house was..... (joys of country life, at the time, not all houses had addresses, that where on 911's map...) I told them my baby was upstairs, they told me to get him and get out.... Now, I have all my important papers in a easy to get to spot.... just for this type of thing. but I ran for all I was worth, grabbed Pauly, his pacifier and nothing else, I RAN for the kitchen, which was the only way out of the house, and my kitchen was so black with smoke, you could only see the flames, I ran through, shut my door, and thought.
My house is gone.
At that moment, the fire trucks arrived, they were able to put out the fire, the kitchen was totalled but my house was saved. The upside of country life, was that the local fire station, knew my name, therefore knew the house, and were there in under 3 minutes from when I called 911.
My gratitude, still to this day, is hard to put in words. These men and women go INTO burning buildings! And after the fire, they did all they could to remove the smoke from the rest of the house, and came back to check on me!

Clevercloggs  (Level: 27.4 - Posts: 1246)
Thu, 16th Jul '09 3:53 PM

I was out with the (then) wife, and the baby sitter had popped around the corner shop. My eldest step daughter lit a piece of paper and dropped it into a bin. We heard the fire engines but had no idea it was our home. We got a call telling us the kids were OK, but when we got home one room was just a blackened shell, and i couldn't find out where my dogs were. Things like that are just not meant to happen on Christmas Eve.
All's well that ends well, nobody was hurt, but what a hell that Christmas was. Everything in the rest of the house had to be washed, walls, ceilings, bedding clothes.....the lot. To top it all the police tried to say we had "abandoned" the kids, and the local press didn't help much either. The fire brigade were great though, i couldn't fault them at all.

Salzypat  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 5428)
Thu, 16th Jul '09 3:57 PM

I'll do a commercial for Vision cookware.

One Sunday morning I put a dozen eggs on to boil. I chose a Vision cookware pot, and since I do everything in a hurry (except housework!) I turn the electric stove on high.

A few minutes later my daughter-in-law called and asked me to come have lunch with them. They lived about 6 blocks away. Luckily I put my dog in the car and took him with me.

About 40-50 minutes later, as we were finishing lunch, I jumped up and ran out the door. I just remembered the eggs!

When I walked into the house the stench was horrific. I went into the kitchen and the burner was red hot, but the Visions cookware was still intact. There were exploded eggs all over my kitchen. I had one heck of a job cleaning up my house from that.

But if I had used an aluminum kettle, I suspect the damage would have been much worse as I think the kettle would have melted onto the burner - and perhaps started a fire.

No matter how much planning one does ahead of time, when the stress of an emergency hits, most of us fail the test.

I'm glad your story has a happy ending Pennwoman.

Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2402)
Thu, 16th Jul '09 6:01 PM

I spent thirteen years as an on-call firefighter, most of it very hard, hot and dirty work.
Nope, no heroics, just getting a job done.

Sometimes I was out all night, then back to a regular day job. I was on duty most holidays when others were having time off.
All in all, there were moments of great relief, satisfaction, angst, great concern and sheer fright.
A couple of incidents haunted me or a long time: I had counselling, which helped immensely.

I look back now, and would not regret a moment: the bond of brotherhood goes on forever.


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