Got a note this morning from our star reporter. The note read "got some very important personal business pending, will return soon".
Now she's got my curiousity peaked. As a wooden head....she may be afraid of the fires.
Well I'll do my best to report on her assignment this week.
As you may know, New Mexico has more simultaneous wildfires than at any other time in our history. What began with a small fire in neighboring Arizona has now claimed 600,000 acres of timberland there and has leaped across the border. We also had one at the border of Colorado and I25 was closed because of the fire at Raton pass.
There is one burning near Santa Fe near the ski basin and Bandelier National Monument in the north. The terrible Los Conchas fire near Los Alamos National Labs in Los Alamos is reburning the area that was burned 11 years ago and has now gobbled up over 90,000 acres of timber (udate this morning over 103,000 acres and it may reach the other fire in Santa Fe National Forest). To the south we have a fire near Socorro about 90 miles away, and one in the Sacramento mountains near Cloudcroft (further to the south). The fire in the Sacramento Mts. touches our family because we spent so many summers there at a camp. That camp has been threatened so many times by forest fire and every time is a heart wrenching time.
There are more wildfires starting all the time what with the lightening strikes and our humidity hovering at around 4%.
I have commented on the air quality but I have not told you how it feels to see all of this happen and have no way of helping to stop the progress of the fires. The state of New Mexico has not placed a ban on fireworks and the counties cannot do so without state approval or some nonsense. So as much as I love the fireworks displays....I am hoping we won't have any because of the chance of more and closer fires. Walmart, Smith's (Kroeger) and Albertson's have voluntarily pulled all the fireworks from their shelves and that is a very good thing.
But this is going to be a very iffy 4th of July weekend. Because let's face, it there are those that just want to have fun, screw the public good and safety. Like the 14 year old boy arrested yesterday for purposefully starting a fire near the river here in ABQ with a pocket lighter. I really don't understand people.
It is very hard not to worry even if we aren't in harm's way at the moment.
On a happier note....Happy Canada Day to my friends up north and Happy 4th of July to those that live in the US. Let us all hope for peace and safety.