It’s now the third day that a fire has burned with zero containment in the foothills right above Boulder. It’s just as scary today as it was on Monday. The weather is only partially cooperating as the winds died down yesterday but we had a pretty bad inversion layer develop in the morning which kept the slurry planes down until about noontime and there may be some rain today. That brought back the winds and the direction is now eastward, toward Boulder.
I can’t begin to tell you of the heroic efforts of the firefighters… many of whom are volunteer and have been towing the line since Monday. Plus, as you might have heard, 9 of them lost their homes while they were fighting to save someone else’s house. The Governor came in yesterday to survey the carnage and declared it a State emergency so they’re finally getting more help; from up to 7 more States. And boy, do they need it.
I have a friend, Eric Abramson, who is one of those volunteer heroes and is also an incredible photographer / film maker. Here is a link to a youtube video taken by him from a vantage point that I can’t imagine is like anyone else’s.
Here are some other beautiful and bone chilling photos from Eric Abramson:
Selfishly, I can’t help having concern for the Essense Studio, which is, as of last night, still just outside of the evacuation area. But if the fire moves east too much more, I will have to figure out what I will take. I’m making a list as a precaution. I will certainly be taking my formula books and my computers. I also have about 1/3 of my perfume museum in the studio for cataloging; I’ll have to get that out as well. Rare essential oils… what else? This is really difficult stuff to think about and after doing this once before… arrgh.