So far, no wildfires in Bosque County, but today was a bad day for firefighters in Texas, and a worse day for many homeowners.
There is not a whole lot I can do to help. I make no outdoor fires or sparks. I smell the air. I pray for resources and people to do their heroic jobs. I promise to give to the local volunteer fire department.
It's mighty dry here. If you put it all together, we've had about an inch of rain since early June, and no rain is predicted. It's been mighty hot, too. The number of days with temperatures over 100 degrees is one short of beating the all-time record. Yesterday the weather broke and a cool front blew in. With winds of more than 20 miles per hour, the air feels so much better, but flames are also fanned.
I got to wishing for some kind of mechanical, whiz bang gizmo, some kind of flame-be-gone salvo. I think the cool front has come too late, and my brain has already fried.
Here's to refuge and safety.
image © diana ani stokely 2011