June 18, 2003


Fire season decided to get off to a good start this year by knocking right at our back door. “Hello, I’m a massive wildfire. May I come in?” The hillside right outside town, along the road up to Lake Tahoe, burst into flames yesterday and a blanket of smoke descended on the city. Firefighters were ready for it, though, and they had it under control pretty quickly. This morning it was out.

We’ve been pretty lucky around here. The Tahoe Basin is full of dead and dying trees, caused partly by drought and partly from disease. When you look at the slopes you get the feeling that one little flame could quickly consume the entire basin. But every fire that’s started on the slopes has quickly been taken care of. They haven’t gotten out of control like the ones in Arizona and Colorado last year. At least, not yet. Every time I see a plume of smoke rising towards the sky, like I did yesterday, I just wait for Lake Tahoe to finally turn into a boiling cauldron.

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  1. Mama Schrantz says:

    We heard about it on TV last night. I thought maybe God was trying to get rid of all the big box stores near by.

    Posted June 18, 2003 @ 4:30 pm

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