It is hard waking up to the smell of smoke from a nearby fire, record hot temperatures and the promise of a red flag day ahead. It is stressful on all of us, but particularly those of us that were around in 2012 for the High Park fire. We know all too well how ugly wildfire can get.
First, I want to say take a deep breath and take care of yourself. All of us process stress differently. It can be helpful to do things that are productive. The bonus is that if things go south you will be better prepared. I would suggest the following:
- Review your evacuation list. There is a link on RCVFD.org that will give you a good start.
- Review the defensible space around your house. Clean up combustibles that you have stacked out behind the garage (I am guilty). Again there is info on our website about defensible space.
- Make a home inventory – video or still pics are great for this. Do not store that info in your house, but somewhere safe (your desk at work, send to a trusted friend, or store in the cloud).
- Have a communication plan with your family and friends. Know where you are going to meet if you are asked to evacuate.
The weather is not going to be our friend for a while. It is predicted to be unseasonably hot & dry for many days. I measure rain at my house and we have not had more than a few sprinkles of rain since the last week of July. Be extremely careful with anything that could create a spark. If you are out cutting firewood, take water with you so you could douse a spark from your saw if you hit a rock.
There are many places to stay up to date on the Seaman fire. LETA 911
is a great resource for current info and you can register to receive reverse 911 calls in case we need to contact you. Another good resource for current details is the RCVFD Facebook page
A final reminder to take care of yourself and your friends and family - and pray for snow……..
Thanks & Adios, CJD
Carol Dollard, Chief