Friday, September 6, 2019

At the Witching Hour

Witch Creek Fire at night.jpg
Witch Creek Fire

Sunburnt Sun
Gray and pink...
Wisp to Wild
Grasping, consuming.

Swirl upward--
A gift to fires
of all fires.

Witch Creek,
Poinsettia,
Paradise 
Cedar,
San Marcos,
Elfin Forest, 
Mount Palomar...
Coco..
Other battles without names.


Burn to the ocean
or Stop at the crest?

Fiery tongues lick cold
Impassive walls.
Left empty and deserted,
Waiting for the end.

Homes and trees
To rest, layer upon layer.
White and Gray.
Green life, now absent,


The Tinder Fire, May 5, 2018, Clear Creek Pines.
Arizona
Becomes moonscape
in moments, in hours.




All for 
A Sunburnt Sun,

Fire at its witching hour.

I will read ashes for you, if you ask me,
I will look on the fire and tell you from 
   the gray lashes
And out of the red and black tongues and stripes
I will tell how fire comes and how fire runs 
as far as the sea.

Carl Sandburg Fire Pages

Over the thirty years of living here, we have seen and experienced wildfire. Photos cannot do justice to the horror fire spreads.

Just a few hours ago, smoke rose over the acres north west of us. We smelled the fire before we saw the fire.

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36 comments:

  1. You burn, we flood, the devastation is awful either way.

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  2. An elegy to what is lost, I shut out of my mind what it is to feel and see and hear a forest fire approaching.

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    1. Same here. Their losses and pain is unbelievable.

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    1. Sadly so. All the rain we had in spring had lovely green. That dried and turned into fire tinder.

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  4. While the east coast is drowning, the west is on fire. What horrible disasters. I hope all is well with you, Susan.

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    1. We watched the flames 15 miles from us. Fire retardant was dropped throughout the day. I don't hear the planes & helicopters now.

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  5. When disaster strikes we know about it within hours. There was a time we did not learn of other's horrors until days, weeks or months later. Now your heart hurts more for the victims (human ans nature) because someone is going to SHOW you the devastation in real time.

    Good entry and timely.
    Sherry & jack

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    1. News now flies around the world. And you are right, social media can show every and any thing.

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  6. I don't know quite where you are but I will offer prayers and good thoughts for your safety and that of your forests. My cousin lives in Flagstaff where the Museum Fire raged close to their home for weeks and other bloggers have been in fire zones. It is terrifying. I send you all good hope for an outcome with the least amount of damage.

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    1. Fires around Flagstaff have been so devastating. I hope this year will see less wildfires in your area.

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  7. Fires are burning out of control here at the moment. Towns are being evacuated. People and animals will lose their homes - and their lives.

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    1. I remember the huge fires there were a year or so ago. Horrific. Here in tinder dry California, the number of fires and loss is unbelievable.

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    2. Sadly our summer is yet to begin, and the rain we usually receive over winter didn't arrive. The forecast is grim.

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    3. I recall your last summer when your poor birds were so dehydrated and overheated. My poor corellas sat with their feathers fluffed out. Will be praying for you all. I promise.

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  8. I hear about the fires all around me, but thankfully we never have to deal with any of them other than the falling ashes that settle on the cars and everything else.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. One year when the fire was surrounding San Diego Wild Animal Park (which was contained and didn't injure animals), Large flakes fell like snow and covered cars.

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  9. I think horror is the right word to use for such things. They are contending with these things down in The Amazon too. Let’s up that these things are minimized going forward.

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    1. Wildfire is not unusual at this time of year, no less destructive. Fire crews are amazing and efficient.

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  10. I hear it's doing that in the Amazon as well.

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    1. I didn't know about that, so will go to our friend Google.

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  11. You paint such a true picture with your words. Fire is an absolute horror yet I am always amazed how nature will after some time send up green stalks to eventually blot out the grey.
    Stay safe.

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    1. When the green appears, we all breathe a sigh of relief.

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    1. We are about 15-20 miles away. Today the air is clear and we are awaiting news about the status.

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  13. Ugg, they suck in every which way. Hopefully it stays clear of you and gets put out fast.

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  14. Dear Susan, thank you for sharing with us the splintering of nature that is a wild fire. The climatologists are saying they are going to become more frequent and more devastating because of climate change. The face of our planet is changing. All because of our poor decisions and lack of attention and greed. Peace.

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    1. Weather in California has had some rain and no rain. Does not work well with fires.

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  15. The sight of fire is mesmerizing, but oh. The horrors left behind. I still weep for the defenseless animals.

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    1. The number of burned animals can no be estimated.

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  16. Fires on one side of the country, hurricane on the other. Late summer is brutal.

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  17. Prayers that you stay safe and unburnt. Such a horrible thing.

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  18. my heartiest prayers for you my friend
    may you stay safe in the hands of Lord! amen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    wildfires are frightening indeed ,i have witnessed it sometimes back in native village in summers season
    i wonder if authorities take precaution to prevention,
    please take great care and keep us updated
    hugs!

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