Really, I did. E. and I had just come from taking the most important, non-replaceable items from the studio when we happened upon some ash-covered fireman that came all the way from Montrose (a good 7 hours away) to help fight the fourmile fire. They seemed to take it in their stride; my accosting them with hugs and thanks and our many questions.
So, we are now officially in the “Be Prepared” area of Boulder, within the city limits. Anyone west of Broadway and north of Spruce Street has been alerted that the winds could bring the fire down into town. I am trying to be calm and keep a positive thought, as this is part of the ‘worst case scenario’ plan. The fire would still have to come about 4 miles to reach us so it’s not that likely… but it’s still possible. (Goodness, I just heard on the news that a gust was reported at 60 mph!) I brought out all of my notebooks full of formulas, my most precious oils, art work and some products but after a few trips with our cars full, it was less than 5% of what we really have there. Oh yes, I also made sure that all of my museum pieces came home for safe keeping. If we get a call we are hoping we’ll have time to run up north for one more load of stuff but how do you smoosh nearly 20 years of collecting oils and making products into two cars?
Throughout the day we had helicopters flying overhead filled with water to dump on the surrounding areas. Plus, I heard from someone who lives in the hills behind the studio that there were fire trucks lining up, preparing for the fire that could come tonight should the wind carry an ember over the fireline. (I found out today that an ember can travel while still live up to a half mile in high wind. WOW.)
I know I have said this all week, but we just need to get through the night unscathed. Who knows, hopefully the best case scenario will come to pass: instead of a spread toward town, the fire might be 40% contained. Thank you to everyone who has been sending their love and energies for safety and peace. It means so much. ❤