I've gotten sidetracked this week. As is the case in all the Western States, July and August seem to have become synonymous with wildfires. Sunday, a wildfire in mountainous pines and brush was started by some people shooting exploding targets. What the ??? Have you ever seen a video of exploding targets? It's like shooting off fireworks, with sparks flying in every direction!
Within 48 hours, the ensuing fire has engulfed more than 35,000 acres of timber and grazing lands for both cattle, sheep and wildlife, caused evacuations, threatened homes, destroyed wildlife habitat and will tarnish the watershed. It started just three miles from our home.
|The Sharps Fire, 3 hours after it began on July 29, 2018|
Wildfires started by lightening are one thing. Fires started from stupidity are quite another. We watch with immense sadness as the people of Redding, CA., are dealing with the severe aftermath of their fire storms, and I can't even imagine the anguish of finding everything you've owned in ashes.
This photo above was taken the morning after The Sharps Fire began. The photo doesn't do it justice, but it had an extremely eerie beauty about it.
A National Incident One Command Team has finally arrived to take control of this fire as it skirts the hills close to the four communities in our valley. We, personally, are safe now as the winds have taken the fire in other directions. Last year at this same time, in this same draw, another big fire was started by people shooting steel jacketed bullets (which cause sparks). I just shake my head.
Anyway, I'm off my soapbox now. I didn't get much sewing/quilting done as we watched the progress of the fire. But I did get a start on the blocks for the king-sized wedding quilt for our son and our soon-to-be daughter-in-law. By the time I get finished with this quilt, I am going to be an expert at curved piecing, that's for darn certain! Getting this quilt top completely pieced by the end of August is my One Monthly Goal!
Let me finish this post with the best news of all! As a grand finale to my participation in the Christmas In July Blog Hop, sponsored by Carol, from Just Let Me Quilt, I have used the random number generator to select my winner. Drum roll, please. Congratulations to Janarama! I have emailed her and will be sending her an assortment of Christmas fabrics to play with for the coming season. Fun, fun!
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