friday afternoon natalie called…
natalie: where are you?
me: at the house…
natalie: do you see a fire?
me: no, should i?
natalie: you don’t hear fire engines?
me: now that you mention it, i have heard been hearing them in the background
natalie: we can’t get the house, the fire department has blocked the road and says there is a fast moving fire down there
natalie: yes, get your computers, kitty (logan’s favorite stuffed animal) and get out of there
me: ok, i’m leaving now
natalie: call me when you’ve gotten out and we can figure out where to meet
as i was hanging up the phone with natalie, rose, the owner of the place we’re staying called…
rose: are you at the house?
rose: is there a fire?
me: i haven’t seen one but there are lots of fire trucks in front of the neighbor’s house and natalie just told me they’ve closed the road
rose: my friend called and said the fire is in our backyard
rose: are you leaving the house?
me: yes, right now
rose: can you open the gate so the horse can escape and get out of there?
me: i’ll do that and go
as soon as i hung up with rose, the fire department was knocking on the door…
fireman: are you the only one home?
fireman: you need to evacuate the premises – there is a fast moving fire heading this way
me: do i have five minutes, ten minutes, more?
fireman: ten minutes top
me: ok, i’ll get out of here
as i pulled out of the driveway i could see the fire had reached the next door neighbors but fortunately the fire department was between the woods on fire and the neighbor’s house. thirty minutes later they let us return home having brought the five acre fire under control.