Wildfire Update – We Are Safe And Smoky

Many of you have asked how we are doing with all of the wildfires in our region. The short wildfire update is simple – safe and smoky.

Map courtesy USDA Forest Service

Map courtesy USDA Forest Service

As the above map shows, we are sitting right smack in the middle of a stretch of wildfires covering Kentucky, Virginia, Tennessee, Alabama, and North and South Carolina. And this map only shows the big fires, not the dozens of smaller fires. The air throughout our region is thick with smoke.

Looking to the Northeast from our house.

Looking to the Northeast from our house.

Chez Herd and the Tree of Life, though Hemphill Bald is obscured above us.

Chez Herd and the Tree of Life, though Hemphill Bald is obscured above us.

Many people in our area have been evacuated from their homes. Living in the mountains, we always have an evacuation plan and can be gone quickly if needed. Fortunately for us, we are safe for now with no major fires threatening us.

The bad news is that no significant rain is in the long-range forecast, so we have little hope the situation will get much better until we get some rain or, better, a thick covering of snow.

No worries - Chief of Security Kiska is monitoring our safety.

No worries – Chief of Security Kiska is monitoring our safety.

We are thankful for the thousands of firefighters from across the nation that are currently battling these blazes. Our thoughts are with them for their safety and success.

 

10 Comments

  1. Mom 'n Ebby on November 15, 2016 at 5:07 am

    Mom ‘n Ebby say: First the rain storms, then the fires — kinda makes you wonder ………… Stay safe, hu-Dad, and The Herd. Hopefully the snow will come soon, and help settle things down, including “Siber anxiety” Prayers for everyone in Maggie Valley.

  2. Shyuki on November 14, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    Glad all is safe for now! Praying for rain but mostly for sibe snow!!!

  3. KJ Pierson on November 14, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    I was wondering myself. I’ve got friends and coworkers in Knoxville that are complaining about the same. Even up here in Johnson City it is smoky. But oddly enough, in Bristol I haven’t seen or smelled any of it. It is like there’s a giant barrier. It isn’t supposed to rain this week…so odds are it’ll be a down pour 😛

    Stay safe!

  4. Juno's mom on November 14, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    The smoke must keep the kids in longer than they’d like, I imagine.

  5. All Things Collie on November 14, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    Glad you are all safe!

    And Kiska sure is a pretty girl!

  6. Peggy Bowen on November 14, 2016 at 9:26 am

    We were worried about you and the herd. Stay safe pups!

  7. Lori on November 14, 2016 at 7:30 am

    Thank you for the pupdate! I’m so glad you’re all safe for now. No worries coz Kiska has it all under control!

  8. Jane on November 14, 2016 at 7:12 am

    I’m so happy you all are ok. Please stay safe. Hopefully you need to get doggy respirators lol. I’ll be praying for you guys. Hugs and kisses to the herd.

  9. Kim - Life at Golden Pines on November 14, 2016 at 6:13 am

    Glad to read the update! Good vibes (sibes?) coming in your direction for continued safety for you and everyone!

  10. vincent porrazzo on November 14, 2016 at 4:53 am

    Stay vigilant Kiska and take care of the rest of the Herd.

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