It is hard to be prepared for the views that sometimes catch you by surprise...especially when you are driving. Thank goodness for my trusty iPhone. I think most of my pictures were taken on it.
|The Riley Road Fire: Taken from 362 around Howell Road at 11 AM on 9/7/11|
|Riley Road Fire Spreads To 1488: Photo taken from Joseph and Rice Road around 3 pm|
This photo was taken from roughly two miles away from the new flare up...but our home is no where near this end of the fires.
|Riley Road Fire: 9/7/11 at around 10 PM|
This is the view of the fire at night from roughly the same place as the first picture was taken.
|Riley Road Fire: 9/8/11|
Photo taken from 362 near Howell Road
|Riley Road Fire: 9/8/11 afternoon|
This picture was taken at 362 looking down Reids Prairie...the street into our neighborhood.
|The smoke at our house on 9/8/11 (the game cam date is off by one day)|
|Riley Road Fire: Photo taken from the Waller City Limits on 9/9/11|
This is what it looked liked from our hotel.
Not quite, but we were able to go home Sunday evening at 5 pm. Someone was very wise and turned off our air conditioning before heading out the door. Jim or I neither one can remember doing it...maybe Derrick did. All I know is that because of that the smell of smoke is very faint inside our home. Thank goodness!
It took us until this morning to get the house cooled back down...but it was so worth it!!!
This last picture is from my drive into work on Monday morning. I found myself in this military convoy of about ten trucks hauling heavy equipment.
|Military Equipment being moved out on 9/12/11.|
We aren't totally out of the woods yet, but we get closer with each passing hour. This thing had so many names...The Magnolia Fire, The Tri-County Fire, The Riley Road Fire...it seemed like a mythical hydra for a little while, they would stop it here and three more would break out there. We are thrilled to be home but we know that so many of our neighbors are still in limbo or worse yet, suffering loss. Please continue to keep this area in your prayers!