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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Nothing like fire to get you all excited

We had a little excitement down at the ranch yesterday — a fire, one property away.

The California Department of Forestry planes were there within minutes to drop flame retardant. B took this picture from the ground with a point and shoot. They were so close. It was awesome.

A helicopter dropped huge buckets of water.

This shows some flames and gives a sense of how low these huge planes were flying. Ghost, the stallion, stands by — the only one of four horses to even notice there was danger near. We were truly lucky that the fire was downwind. It made quick work of a barn and 10-15 acres. Had the wind been blowing the other way, the fire would probably have made it to our property.

We are ill-prepared for horse evacuation, so this was a great wake-up call. After twenty some odd years of no horse contact, I quickly reacquainted myself with halters and lead ropes; have learned that putting Vick's Vapor Rub in a stallion's nose will make him not able to smell the mares, thus easier to manage in an emergency situation; and know that we need to quickly to remedy the shortage of horse trailers on the property.

My friends really came through in the emergency with childcare. One friend took C away from the ranch, so I could stay until my mother-in-law came. We board the horses for my MIL.

Check out this little video clip of one of the planes. Thanks, B, for thinking of taking the pics.

Wow! That was scary. I heart firefighters.



Anonymous Lorimarsha said...

B's quite the photographer. Too close for comfort, that'sfor sure. So sorry about your neighbor's loss.

Thu Jun 18, 04:31:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Julia said...

ok, so that was truly exciting! Andy has a 2 horse trailer, for future reference. do you have his cell #? put it on speed dial, Ms. Semi Neighbor. If I'd been in the county, I also could have taken any kids! sigh, I missed all the fun.


Fri Jun 19, 06:53:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Sarah said...

Wow, lucky you, poor neighbor. But I take it no one was hurt.
Truthfully, I can't take my eyes off that horse. He's beautiful, I've never seen coloring like that (not that I spend my time searching horse photos, but still). Have you mentioned this aspect of your life before? (I've only been reading a few months)

Fri Jun 19, 07:23:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Barbara C. said...

Oh my. I have a similar picture of ugly black smoke rising above the hill behind us. It does put fear in your heart. TG for the airplanes!

Fri Jun 19, 08:03:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous kat said...

holy smokes! i hope you don't have another one of these days anytime soon.

Fri Jun 19, 08:39:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Lori said...


Fri Jun 19, 05:19:00 PM PDT  
Blogger futuregirl said...

That first photo looks like a still from a movie. Crazy! Glad you're all OK. :)

Fri Jun 19, 07:51:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW - Rancho not so fak-o, horse evacuation!

Craft Whore

Sun Jun 21, 10:10:00 PM PDT  
OpenID tandkdaytoday said...

This are some amazing photos!I hope everyone is OK.

Tue Jun 23, 08:24:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Project Pink Suitcase said...

Those are great photos from B.
I heart firefighters too!
Wow...glad you guys are all right!

Thu Jun 25, 11:56:00 AM PDT  

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