Tuesday, September 16, 2014

And Growing

As of 7 p.m., the King fire had spread to 8,600 acres, traveling up the Hwy. 50 corridor.  This beast is moving fast.  Containment had been at 10%, now dropped to 5%.  There are a couple of community websites, full of panic and wonderful offers of help, places to bring animals and homes and centers opened for evacuees.  Those with scanners do a great job of sending out warnings.  As I learned during the Sand fire, one can't rely on reverse 911 calls.  Well out of the path here, all I can say is that the smoke clouds are fearsomely awesome from a distance.  This was taken about 4 p.m. yesterday.

Here at home, Mini-Squint continues to amuse.  He is fearless (maybe that's how he ended up with one eye).  I know he sees me, but refuses to budge from the milk-soaked wipe or piece of grain as I move about the room.  He has darn near run over my foot if I'm in his way.  Pretty feisty little twerp for a mouse.

Continuing to learn new tricks on my phone, I found the emojis all by myself!  I have as much fun with ring tones as with anything else.  Like the house cell phones, the tunes put a smile on my face.  I've changed Siri; living in No-Man's Land as I do, it's nice to hear a male voice once in awhile.  I need to leave the iPhone in my pocket today; the boys (Dave and Clay) are coming up to work on the deck supports and I haven't done a single thing to get ready for them.

Thankfully, it is supposed to be cooler today.  Not only am I relieved for myself and the animals (yesterday was sweltering), I'm grateful for the boys and the firefighters.

UPDATE:  7:15 a.m.  Fire has grown to 11,570 acres, 5% contained (which means they haven't got a grip).

1 comment:

Kathryn said...

I wonder if I have emojis on my phone! I'm guessing they are "emoticons" but heck, I may be all wrong. Guess I haven't played with mine enough, and it has now been outdated by at least 3 later models!! Hope the fire gets contained.