I just had to write something about what’s a consuming fact for everyone in Boulder right now: the Four Mile Canyon wildfire that came screaming into existence at approximately 10 am this morning. (9.6.10). I just knew that it was going to be, let’s just say, a less than stellar Holiday since:
1- I had been up all night (literally) with a party thrown by new neighbors who thought it would be fun to rage ’til all hours then to have a ukulele concert with ‘a screaming fan’ at 3:30 am.
2- My next door neighbor neglected to tell E. and I that he was having tree work done starting at 8 am, complete with saws and a wood chipper parked in front our bedroom.
So, we got up and made tea. Sobeit: no sleep. We had just settled into some breakfast when we smelled smoke and found out a wildfire had broken out in the hills. Somehow my dreary sleeplessness was nothing to get upset over; nothing at all, as we heard of evacuations and saw an incredible plume of smoke rise over the city.
I won’t to go into the play by play of the drama of the day, but I can tell you that this is a scary experience. Really frightening. I am still concerned for so many friends who are fighting the fire and others who live in Gold Hill (a BEAUTIFUL, little old mining town that is practically an antique in and of itself) who have been evacuated. I hope they have been able to save the town and all of the homes in the area. My heart goes out to everyone contending with this. It’s HUGE.
(** here is a photo from flickr taken by someone named Thad McDowell that shows the fire at night :http://www.flickr.com/photos/thadmcdowell/4966319291/in/set-72157624770008343/#/ ) – sorry I couldn’t figure out how to make a proper link or show the photo!
Even tonight, the fire is still burning and it’s heading north. My studio is in North Boulder and although it is not really that close, it is stirring up in me the remembrance of another wildfire that burned the entire mountain behind my studio in 2003 and we did evacuate – all in one night- 80% of the studio. All I can do is stay calm and believe it will be alright: for the studio, for my friends and for so many people I don’t even know. I have to keep the faith until morning.