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Colorado, why you like dis?

Since yesterday there have been raging wildfires about twenty miles from us. Now, it's across a mountain, and you can see the smoke behind it billowing up, and tonight you can smell it. The fire relief planes and stuff were going regularly this afternoon, and earlier they were saying that the burning is decreasing and that the winds may be turning it back. But.

Obviously I'm a fretting fretter of frettingness, but Scott is unconcerned. "This happens like every three years," he says. "This is why there are defensible lines. Even in the absolute worst case scenario and it leaped over the mountain and got within city limits it wouldn't be a thing because of all the fire breaks."

Okay. Fine. You say so. Look, there was an epic flood three years ago, that was scary, I do not want to get involved in evacuations and stuff again, please please please. Must work on my karma? But in the meantime: Obsessing over news reports and fretting.

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fritz42
Jul. 11th, 2016 03:27 pm (UTC)
Frankly, your "fretting fretter of frettingness" is understandable. (Great phrase, by the way.) I'm one, too. I'm at least the Duchess of Fretting if not the Queen.

It would be a scary proposition to have to think about. Would having a basic plan in place for possible evacuations help? I know that I feel better in those circumstances because it gives me a sense of control back.

In the meantime, we'll be keeping our fingers crossed. Keep us posted. Hugs.

"T"
caitri
Jul. 11th, 2016 06:28 pm (UTC)
Intellectually I *know* that if it came down to it we would put our animals in their carriers, gather some essentials and valuables, and then retreat to relatives or similar. Like, humanoid brain knows that.

My elemental lizard brain, however, just goes "AGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHH!" because lizard brain. And alas, lizard brain is the one that controls my emotional reaction to things. >_
browngirl
Jul. 12th, 2016 04:50 am (UTC)
Oh my friend! *hugs you supportively*
caitri
Jul. 12th, 2016 08:39 pm (UTC)
<3 <3

It's getting better. Yesterday the wind turned, and while the fire isn't contained they have prevented it from growing. But it helps mentally that the smell of smoke no longer suffuses the house; Sunday night when I was most fretful it was enough for my eyes to sting.
sakuratea
Jul. 12th, 2016 10:47 pm (UTC)
I'm with Scott. This happens most years. You're way far east. The flood was crazy, and I can see how it would be traumatizing since it was right after you moved, but fire is something that is only a worry for people who live in the foothills. All things are possible, but it isn't a big issue where you are.
caitri
Jul. 13th, 2016 01:42 am (UTC)
Such insane. Much why.
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