Our whole area looks like a wasteland; it is so sad. Sadder still to think that all of this was caused by human hands. It is amazing how our community pulled together through this, though. It makes me very proud to be a resident here.
Here is our backyard as it looked a week ago (see the smoke/fire in the mountains behind us):
And here it is now:
Front of our house:
How close it came:
A green agave in the midst of the black:
Here is what it looked like out my kitchen window last Tuesday:
The fire did not even reach our neighborhood that day; that happened on Thursday. I can only imagine what it looked like then.
I am so thankful to be back in our home. We are very lucky and blessed, as there are people who literally lost everything they owned. Now it's time to help our new community as best we can. It's the least we can do.