Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Brush Fire!

Living in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountain range can be both beautiful and scary.  We pretty much have two colors on the hillsides:  green or gold/brown.  If we are fortunate and get plenty of rain, everything starts to turn green in January.  In May, the thick, tall grass starts to dry and the hillsides turn to gold...not the kind that you mine!

Living on the edge of the rolling, dry hills can be scary because there is always the chance of a brush fire.  Last week the neighbor called to tell me she saw smoke raising above the hill to the east.  That can only mean one thing, a brush fire.


We hopped in the neighbor's golf cart to see how far away it was, if it was blowing toward us, and if help was needed. You can see the water tank on the hill to the right of the smoke.  We were headed around and through the undeveloped property next to us.


You can see the water tank again, to the right.  We took the service road to its end.  As the smoke got thicker and turned to gray we knew that the fire fighters had arrived.




We could see some flames peaking over the hill on the left where there is just a little smoke.  There are three houses in this area.  It appeared that the fire burned to the house on the right.


Thankfully, there was no damage to the house and nobody was injured.  As the sun set in the west we headed back home and noticed that the bats were coming out...I have no idea where their "cave" is but they seemed to fill the air.  That is for another day....I am not a fan of bats!

I am participating in Outdoor Wednesday hosted by Susan at A Southern Daydreamer.


13 comments:

  1. A recent damaging fire north of here this week. With everything so dry fire is a real danger all around.

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  2. I am glad nobody was injured. Fires can be so scary!

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  3. Too bad about the fire but lovely scenery. Fires are always so tragic. As for the bats, I don't mind them. I just think of their sonar and that they will never touch me.

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  4. These pictures are amazing, but glad there was no serious damage. Visiting from Outdoor Wednesday.

    Jocelyn @
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  5. Interesting pics , I pray you continue to stay safe .

    My Outdoor Pics

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  6. Glad that the fire was contained. That must have been gut wrenching. I want to invite you to participate in a giveaway I'm hosting on my blog. Check it out if you are interested. http://imapretendchef.blogspot.com/2011/08/food-should-taste-good-giveaway.html

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  7. Glad you're all okay Kate. I have to say you really live in a gorgeous area. I love seeing your pics. I hope you took some of the bats!

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  8. The landscape looks parched. I am glad the fire was contained.

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  9. Fire this time of year...or anytime really in Southern California can be scary...we live at the base of the mountains and when there's a fire...everyone is nervous!!

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  10. Looks like some pretty country and glad the fire didn't mar it too badly. Learn to love those bats - they eat their weight in pest bugs pretty often. I love to sit on the dock and watch their amazing flying ability.

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  11. I'm glad the fire didn't spread not burn the house near it! Thank goodness for the work of firemen, everywhere! Hope soem rain comes you way soon to decrease the danger of fire.

    Bats are ugly but very very benifical as they eat thousands of disease carrying mosquitos!

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  12. Holy Smoke....I am glad the fire was contained and didn't hurt anyone. Looking forward to seeing your bat post.
    Joyce M

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  13. Calling by as another Outdoor Wednesday participant, thankful the fire was speedily contained. Sadly they are a fact of life where we live and you live, we are near a lake and in the summer months the fire planes are often to be seen collecting water.

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