Fire~

Hi friends,
    Well this weekend has been pretty eventful, but not of the kind you'd want. You may have seen on the news that there are several grass fires burning across Oklahoma right now--- the largest fire my county has ever seen has been burning for at least three days and yesterday things got pretty intense.
    Several communities, including two good-sized towns, were given a mandatory evacuation and hundreds of acres and many homes have now gone up in flames. Yesterday the sky to the west was a strange and unnerving billow of gray and yellow and the heat, climbing past 110, was just terrible. Ash from burning land and homes dropped from the sky in Tulsa and other surrounding towns. The fires were burning a couple of towns over from where I live, perhaps 30, 45 minutes away. 
   However, a "cold" front was coming through and going to change the wind direction into, of course, our direction. Living in Oklahoma all my life, I can usually take weather phenomenon in stride, but this had me worried-- especially since the wind shift was going to happen in the middle of the night. 
   I know that there were probably thousands and thousands of prayers going on last night for rain. And you know what happened? It did rain. For the first time in a long time, we had thunder and lightening and a good soak here. I just hope that this rain also poured down on those areas that need it most.
  This morning I've heard that at least one of the towns evacuated has had the order lifted and people can now return to their homes. I hope-- although I haven't heard precisely yet (the news coverage on these fires has been really frustrating and pretty disappointing for an event where entire populations are being asked to leave their homes!) that the rains have helped firefighters contain the fires and weather conditions make them easier to put out.
   Since the 'cold front' came through, we're supposed to be a whole 10 degrees cooler--- but when it's 111 outside, that just means it's going to be about 100 degrees out. So....cool, relatively.
  I just read too that the entire county is under mandatory water rationing until further notice, with all outdoor watering prohibited. I'm glad my plants got a good soak last night. And I was so happy to see those clouds and that lightening and thunder arrive last night. It felt like a miracle. It probably was.
   So I am thankful to report that we are fine here where I live, but keep these scorched plains, and the people who have lost so much in your thoughts and prayers.

Til next time,
~H

12 comments

  1. So sorry to hear this is happening in your neighbouring area hun. x

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  2. Glad you're safe! I was hoping some rain would hit you over there. We got a little drink, but not nearly enough.

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  3. Glad you and your family are safe and that you saw some much-needed rain. This summer has been insane weather-wise in so many areas...scary stuff!

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  4. I'm so glad you are all safe, and will be praying for those who are suffering from those terrible fires.

    I sure wish we could share our rain and cool air with y'all down there! I'll gladly throw in a couple feet of snow - that would be perfect:)

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  5. Oh dear, that sounds very scary. So pleased that you are all safe and hope you get some more rain. xx

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  6. I do hope your community will be safe, Heather, and that these fires get contained. I'll say some prayers...
    Glad to hear the rain came.
    Thanks again for letting me know I won some of your amazing postcards. :)

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  7. This whole situation is very sad. I worry about how much damage a few summers like this could in regards to the homes and land it destroys. It also merits concern for the food supply. I'm usually not a worrier, but things like this just break my heart.

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  8. Heather~ I have been watching CNN all weekend and wondering how you were doing in the midst of all of this. Thank God for the good rain that you had. Last spring, Florida was burning up like that as well and we had firestorm about 10 miles from my daughter' house and farm that made ash fall at my house like snow. It was horrible! So frightening. I have been keeping you and all OKLA. in my prayers for relief! Come on Fall and bring a change in the weather fronts across our nation's middle!!!

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  9. I'm glad to hear you're all right and that you had some rain. It seems so strange for the northeast part of Oklahoma to have grass fires. In my mind, the Tulsa area is always so green and cool (at least compared to Oklahoma City). I guess that's just what it was like when I was a kid, because it seems like weather patterns really have changed.

    Paul and I were out enjoying the "cold" front yesterday evening. It's pretty amazing that degrees in the 80s seem cool.

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  10. Yes, I think that it's a miracle, too. Be safe. Events like this really help put everything in perspective, don't they.

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  11. How scary! I hope things are improving. I'll be praying for more rain too.

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  12. I heard about the fires on the news. I am very glad that Oklahoma did indeed get some rain. Very glad that you and your family are safe and sound, and I send thoughts to those affected by the fires.

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Each and every comment is appreciated! Thanks for coming to visit me :) ~Heather

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