Compiled by Dates Fryberger
We live in the shadow of Bald Mountain, Sun Valley's famous ski resort leased from Forest Service land. While Sun Valley is home to many of the 'rich and famous' variety, it is also home to regular folks like you and me. Much of the national news coverage has focused in on Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwartzennegger and Tom Hanks as having homes here. And photos show large homes ahead of the fire's advance. But while those celebrities do live among us, there are 20,000 of us that the 1,200 firefighting personnel have come to protect.
This wildfire has been so erratic, with temps in the 90s for over a week (an oddity to our mountain location), and Red Flag warnings for high winds daily. While it is the firefighter's job to do what needs to be done, I admire each and every one of them for enduring the raw conditions that they have to face each day. THANK YOU!
The video I embedded is a great accumulation of what has been going on in our backyard since Aug. 9. My home is outside the Evacuation Zones and as such, we have been able two households of the more than 2,000 homes that had been evacuated. We've had four dogs and a talking parrot, lots of visitors and phone calls, so times have been lively, for sure!
The fire in now 30% contained, and far from over as it spread further into Idaho's lovely back country. But yesterday some residents were allowed to go back to their homes. To date, only one house has been lost. And when you watch that video, you'll understand what a true testament that is to the firefighters who have converged here from all over the United States. To them I tip my hat and say, "Thank you!"
As for quilting? I had a stack of quilts that I was going to fetch if we had received an evacuation order. A few important papers, medicine, the computers. Just really didn't want to leave those quilts behind!
Stay safe and enjoy each day as it comes,