A fire now named 'Baldy Fire' since it is on Mount Baldy began on Saturday and is now about 5 miles from Ione and we are about 1 mile south of Ione. All weekend the helicopters and small planes flew over Gracewood and dipped into the Pend Oreille river to try and pour enough water on the fire to contain it. It hasn't worked and quickly has grown from 50 acres to 300 yesterday and this morning the teams of special wildfire fighters are arriving and setting up a command post to determine how to fight the fire. We're waiting for the next update this morning to tell us how much it has grown and if it is still continuing its path towards us.
We're hoping we won't have to evacuate but of course all day it runs through your head how to go about such a problematic event. In the midst of this I read something this morning that just seemed to suit my needs at this moment and I wanted to share it.
From a new book, Things Not seen, by Jon Bloom, I found this excerpt and the whole book is available in paperback or can be downloaded as a pdf for free from this link ~