"Feral ~ from feminine of ferus wild: having escaped from domestication and become wild"...




Thursday

my neighborhood is burning...29,000 acres and counting.

After a 4000 mile round trip to Burbank, California, I was expecting to be posting about all the things I have seen, done and taken pictures of from last weekend, but instead we are on  Red Alert status for wildfire here in Southeastern Montana.  This is not good.  Preferably I like red alert sales at Dillards, not things that are associated with flames that can eat you.  So we watch for new fire in the hills. water what we can. cut down and clean up potential fire fuel. plan escape routes.  pile what we think we want to take with us.  watch the wind and weather. 
and wait.
not fog. smoke. and ash. kinda like a Charles Dickens novel.




We live right in the middle of what they are calling the Diamond Complex fires - 3 miles north of the Little Fork fire, and 9 miles Southwest of the Maverick fire.  Its not a fun place to be right now. Theres things falling out of the sky such as burnt up trees ~ and the smoke comes and goes.  we all smell like a good Wisconsin bratwurst.  Right now my mind goes back and forth between being busy, being slightly fearful and being hungry for a beer & bratwurst.  
its weird.

Bloom creek - the road I take to town, the one you took with me this winter to see Mr. Snowplowman.
So far nothing has jumped the plowed & backfire line, and they think they have this one somewhat contained.
We partially drive our escape routes to make sure we can get through if need be,
and talk to the fire crew on the road when we can.

Here is the website that we refer to when not talking to the guys down on the fire line ~ http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2517/ . 


We are all here right now, theres 6 homesteads and ranches in this township.  
We're hoping the wind cooperates and the weather stays cool.
So will post later - Im just a little busy right now....


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19 comments:

  1. oh no! i'm terrified for you and your animals! nothing strikes fear in me like wildfire. i will pray, pray, pray winds and weather cooperates and allows the firefighters to contain this!!!

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  2. was looking at the Billings news and pictures just a couple hours ago and wondering how close you were to this mess. Looks like your pretty darn close! Keep us posted. I hate seeing these things happen, especially in my Montana. Stay safe!

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  3. So scary to this city girl, please take care:@)

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  4. Hoping you stay safe and that the winds are favorable for you. We are on red alert status here, too. Didn't get much sleep last night due to ongoing lightning - was worried about a spot fire starting. Our fire fighting crews are busy with start up fires and they just called up an air tanker for a drop. Such great folks to have around!

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  5. Sleep with one eye open and stay safe! Remember to post when you have the all clear. That is terrifying

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  6. OK that would make sleeping very hard for me. That you have your sense of humor yet is a good thing....Wisconsin bratwurst taste/smell good :-) Stay safe. Prayers are going up.

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  7. Oh my goodness. It is so wonderful to live out in the country until something like this happens. I hope, hope, hope, that the fire gets put out or goes a different way.
    Thinking of you, stay safe!

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  8. Not what you'd want to come home to. Praying that the weather cooperates and the fires stay contained.

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  9. So far so good - the wind has really died down - prayers are helping :)!

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  10. Hang in there! I know the feeling all too well. We were in the midst of the Deadwood fire in 2002
    Hopefully things die down and I'm hoping for some rain for you.

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  11. Ah!!! Praying for you all and that beautiful countryside. Keep us updated please.

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  12. Hope they get it under control soon! A good rain would sure help (the kind without lightnings)

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  13. Oh my!! I hope they get it under control quickly! Stay safe

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  14. Oh Feral you stay safe OK. This has to be very scary I will be praying for you. I am so happy you and Mr. Foresterman are experienced in the bush, this knowledge will keep you safe. B

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  15. How scary! It's so hard to remain calm when you constantly have to look over your shoulder. (I was visiting my son once when his area was on evacuation alert - not fun!)
    I know you will keep up with the news .... stay safe!

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  16. I hope you stay well and that the fire leaves you alone. Your plans sound very well thought out. I wish the best outcome for you and for the firefighters and the other land owners.

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  17. When we were first married, I thought we would eventually end up in Montana. Looks like your blog is the closest I will ever get! Just a beautiful blog - I 'm a follower now.

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  18. I have not heard of that many fires as some years past. Looks pretty scary and yes very sad for wild life. Richard

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  19. Oh, sweetheart, this is not good! I pray that you guys stay safe, and that this inferno is put out, or dies "pronto"!!
    Love ya!

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