You can probably scratch what I said about no large fires in the Northwest. Last nights thunderstorm activity brought with it tons of lightening strikes. Our radios pick up all activity for ODF (Oregon Department of Forestry)among other services and there was a strike about every five minutes around the Rogue Valley. Crews were scrambling out to all sorts of sectors and I know the Applegate and areas around Grants Pass are now dealing with multiple fires. Community Justice sent out at least 2 different teams of 20 and probably more were dispatched. Closer to home smoke plumes in the Emigrant Lake area were spotted. I know our volunteer force was on alert all night and today spotters will go out and head up some of the ridges checking for smoke. For those that are interested here is a pretty nifty site showing all large fires currently burning in WA
and OR. The Large Fire Information Summary at the top left of the page is interesting as it lists all the fires, resources and expected containment. This most likely will be updated through today and tomorrow.
Gene also does work with the State Fire Marshal's office, along with many many other volunteers. On big fires that require a lot of resources a communications team is sent out to set up to allow all the different services a way to communicate with each other in large burn areas. It's pretty important that every firefighter can talk and get information when working in some of these wilderness places. Gene made team leader two years ago and this is his teams rotation week on. I'm betting the piggy bank they get called out.
The blanket is off the loom and it did indeed open up to double width! It's not quite ready for prime time, it needs hemming and some ends woven in, and of course wet finishing. More on that in another post.
Friday again found me heading to town for supplies. Pretty unexciting stuff. Wormer for horses, goats and cats, some new feed buckets and feed to go in them. Our whopping 15 tons of hay is due to arrive towards the end of next week and I have just enough bales left from last years load to cover until then. A lot of cleaning needs to go into the barn before this years hay comes in. The last of the pallets needs to be taken up so I can literally scrape out all the hay chafe with Bob the tractor and re-pallet for the new bales.
I did manage to get a pop in at Web-sters and of course some yarn goodies came home. The fall stuff is arriving daily and there is always something nice and wonderful.
I got my hands on some Buffalo Gold but it's a budget buster and will have to stay in the store for a while. As Gene says, they are keeping it safe for me. What did make it in budget is some lovely Cascade Ecological Wool. This is a softly spun all natural undyed Peruvian Highland Wool. It was love at first touch. I'm thinking a knitted vest or cap sleeved cardi. Each skein is 478 yards of soft puffy goodness and the cost of $16.00/skein was pretty good too!
Today I'm told that the window framing will be done and the windows might even make it in. We'll see, depends on what our spotters spot!