This was the view from my house shortly after I spotted the smoke column. The winds were gusting from 15-25 mph and the fire started growing at an alarming rate. We were still reeling from a fire the previous week. There were no lives lost and no injuries, thank God, but beloved pets were lost and probably livestock because the fire was burning so fast that people could not reach their homes to get them out. 106 homes were lost and 45 outbuildings so the physical loss is great, but the emotional toll is greater. Some of those had been home to generations of family. There is no replacing all the memories and keepsakes that were lost forever. My heart goes out to all of you. Stay safe my friends.

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