Arizona is a wonderful state. When my Aunt was blogging about tornado warning after tornado warning recently in Illinois, I prayed that they would be okay and then I was grateful that I lived somewhere that we never had to worry about a tornado. Same thing when my mother and father in law had a hurricane hit where they live in Orlando a few years ago. And I think about how lucky we are to not have earthquakes when I see what happened in Japan. For the most part, Arizona is immune to the forces of mother nature.
But the forces of man are another matter. Arizona is battling it's 2nd largest fire in our history whose origin is believed to be an unattended campfire.
***all photo credits from The Arizona Republic***
It's burned over 400,000 acres, larger than New York City. The winds aren't helping and smoke can be seen all the way in Iowa about 5 states Northeast of us. Today the fire swept threw the beautiful little town Greer. This has always been one of my favorite spots in the state. I stayed there once and went skiing at the resort a few miles down the road. Greer is all about cabins and streams and bed and breakfasts. It's a perfect getaway and I hope it's beauty is spared.
Right now, firefighters from all over are pulling together to fight this fire which is right now contained at 0%. It's going to be a long battle.
As for us, we are about 2 hours west of this area and are unaffected. Due to the wind blowing the opposite direction, we don't even see the smoke. Well that and the 8,000 foot mountain that blocks our eastern view.
Some prayers are always appreciated for the people who have lost their homes and are being evacuated as we speak. And if you are praying, some rain would be great too.