The last 24 hours have been INSANE! Two weeks ago we finally moved into a home and out of our temporary housing. Just as we were starting to unpack boxes and settle in, we were evacuated because of a wild-fire! Yesterday morning when I was taking Andrew to school, I noticed that there was a lot of smoke in the air and the sky was an ambered color.
As we drove through the neighborhood and turned the corner I could see that the mountain was on fire. We proceeded down the road and I noticed that a few of our neighbors backyards were on fire. As I left our neighborhood I looked to the left to see that the highway was covered in smoke so thick that I could not see across the street. The fire had jumped the highway.
Next, I went home to grab my camera. I know…that was crazy! Within about 20 minutes the fire had spread drastically and more of the mountain was on fire. Despite the 45 mph wind that was blowing down the mountain, the fire continued to spread up the mountain and was jumping street by street right up towards our home.
I called Dave, who was at a Doctor’s appointment, and we agreed to pack up the kids and get out of there. Well within an hour we were under a mandatory evacuation. The fire was moving more up the mountain and was now just one street down from our house. We grabbed all of important life documents, a few pieces of expensive equipment, and a change of clothes for the family. At this point, I was able to see the fire from our driveway. Thankfully we have one friend who happened to live about 15 minutes away. They graciously took us in on a very short notice.
This summer has been CRAZY! We have been laid off, homeless, moved across the county, are pregnant and now evacuated for a fire! Man…I hope that the holidays are calm. We are super grateful for all of the people who have reached out to help our family in the last 24 hours. We are grateful that we made it out in time, together as a family safely and we are grateful for all of the prayers and comfort from people at church who don’t even know us. Have you ever had to deal with a natural disaster? Share with us in the comment section below.