Friday, May 16, 2014

Roaring to the Sea


From my front door during the day....


Listening as other smoke-grimed firefighters, Jen was struck with sheer immensity of this wildfire. 

From my front door at dusk...

Grim revelations of how many other sites weighed heavily on them all, but for Jen, this was her first fire.



They hacked and climbed through brush, always watching the indigo smoke billow in the sky.  Her team all knew that somewhere, a sparrow-sized flicker of flame had burst into this monster.

From my front door at night....


The searing conflagration roared toward the sea in a rapture of destruction and devastation.  

Over the hill where the fires sweep...

Jen shoveled without pause.


Thanks go to Delores at Under the Porch Light for providing six challenging words each Wednesday as a challenge.  The bold underlined words above show her wide scope when it comes to words. You should check out her A to Z Challenge where each day, Delores would provide an extremely obscure word.

Please go to her site by clicking on the stream in the right sidebar.

Note:  My camera and I have not melded yet, so these photos are grainy.  Our house is safe.  Others are not.  

35 comments:

  1. That fire makes my stomach flip. We used to get big wild fires when I lived in Florida, almost yearly. So much destruction, and downright scary too.

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    1. Those fires were immense as well. I remember one from a few years ago--consumed so much.

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  2. I have been thinking of you when I have seen these fires on TV. How frightening this must be to see this out your window. The air quality must be horrible also. Take care and get out of town if you must.

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    1. As we drove on the freeway, the burned areas were visible, a line from the burned and safe.

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  3. Seeing that outside is not something anyone wishes for

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    1. ...and hope and pray that it does not swing our way.

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    1. Seeing it coming over the hill must be what a dragon would be.

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  5. Wow, those are striking images. I've been near a huge brushfire once that consumed stubble in a cornfield and that was scary enough (also my parents' home was once badly damaged in an electrical fire). There's something primal about the danger of fire.

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  6. I'm so sorry to see how close this fire has come to you..My prayers go out to those who did not stay safe from the flames.

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    1. So many homes. Most of them were built our in the canyon areas, overlooking hills. They were endangered from the day they were built.

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  7. Hopefully that gets under control soon and no more comes due

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    1. This is only the beginning of fire season, sadly.

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  8. To all: The wind has died down and the sky is clear. I do not know if there are still "hot spots", but the monster may have been contained. Thank you for your concerns. Please pray for those whose houses were burned to the ground. I know some of them.

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    1. An additional note: The air quality is horrendous. Even in the house, the smell of the fire and particulates invade. Anyone with breathing problems OR small children must stay inside.

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  9. Wow, combining your Delores words with the photos is very effective. Great job!

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    1. Her words somehow fit my thoughts. Thanks.

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  10. Oh. You have brought back some scary memories here. We call them bush fires, and they take out homes (animal and human) and lives (animal and human) every year.
    I hope the immediate danger is now gone - and my heart goes out to those who are affected. You are right about the air quality too.
    Brilliant and powerful use of Delores' words.

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    1. Those fires near you (a year or two ago?) were so devastating. Here, the fires are given the names of the worst burned sites.

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  11. Indigo smoke! I like it. This is inspired.
    Glad to hear your house is safe.Although sorry for others. I hope no lives were lost.

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    1. The fires are extinguished over here, altho Camp Pendleton still has some hot spots. Thanks for your comments!

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  12. Susan I hope you are safe from the wildfires. Wow I had no idea you were so close to them. Are they contained now?

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    1. The wind switched and is now coming from the ocean. The temp. is dropping. All the residential fires are contained, but the Marine base still has some fires. But those Marines will take care of that.

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  13. How scary for you and all the residents.

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    1. Yesterday we drove on the 78 Fwy and looked at the ridges on the south. We could see the remnants of homes. So very sad.

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  14. I have been thinking of you and hoping you were safe. Be careful and try to avoid inhaling smoke as much as possible. I didn't think about that danger when we have had fires here in years past and it affected my lungs for years afterwards.

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    1. I stayed inside and ran the humidifier. The air was thick with particulates, black and gray. So sorry about the effects from the fire. Have your lungs healed?

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  15. Glad you're okay. Yikes, those fires were way too close to you. Great images, but scary.

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    1. Hard to describe the feelings. Now as most fires are reduced to spots here and there, we can see the houses on the hills and the ones that were reduced to rubble.

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  16. Glad to hear the fire didn't come any closer to you. I can hardly imagine the devastation of homes that you are used to seeing on thelandscape, especially of folks you know personally.

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    1. It is stunning to see the charred hillsides and the houses once there.

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  17. WOW. Your pictures are amazing but how terrifying! I am glad to hear you and your home is OK.

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    1. We were far enough away, but could see the flames and smoke. Today we could see the burned houses from the freeway.

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  18. I hope the flames have been extinguished and that everybody is safe.
    Sending lots of hugs and loving thoughts your way.
    Julia

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