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Monday, June 25, 2012

Fires ruin everything!

(Spenser Heaps, Provo Daily Herald)

No sooner is Friday's fire out than another one is started. This one just happens to be near Girl's Camp where daughter, Kitty, is supposed to be going tomorrow morning. It's several miles away from the campsite itself, but we all know how smoke can travel. To say I am stressed out is an understatement.

I sent an email to our local meteorologist to ask about the fire and see if they could track the smoke with their Doppler radar. She said the smoke is traveling north now, but will shift the day the girls head to camp and will most likely drift into the camp. She also said canyons act very differently with wind flow, they have their own sort of "current". So the fire can be miles away, but the smoke can drift all over the mountains and fill the canyons. We have had BAD experiences with smoke from forest fires. There was a fire here about 10 years ago that almost cost Son #2 his life. So the smoke + asthma makes me a VERY scared.

This fire has burned about 40,000 acres and is only 10% contained. They have evacuated several small towns around the fire, and it has burned 25-30 homes so far. To read more about the story from the Provo Daily Herald, click here.

My question is, how do you evacuate Girl's Camp, with hundreds of girls? The buses drop the girls off on Tuesday and don't return until Saturday. What happens in the meantime? There is no way to evacuate all those girls out of the camp. Many of the leaders drive to the camp, but they still can't fit all of the girls in the leader's cars in an emergency evacuation.

Needless to say, unless they can come up with another place for the girls to camp that is FAR away from the fire, daughter Kitty won't be going to camp. Yes, she is packed. All the food and supplies are bought, but she won't be going. Is she disappointed? Yes. Are we? Yes.

Hubby and I are trying to head out of town for an anniversary trip. We haven't been anywhere alone for 5 years. The last time was  trip to Hawaii, during which Son #2  became VERY sick and his lung partially collapsed. He didn't end up in the hospital, but it was a close call.

We can't go anywhere, asthma ruins every trip we try to take. I don't know why we try anymore.....

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