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Forum topic by SpindleMaker posted 07-27-2014 05:14 PM 654 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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07-27-2014 05:14 PM

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What a wildfire season! The Carlton Complex grew to be the largest in Washington State’s history at over 390 square miles (that’s not a typo) and 300 homes lost. Fortunately, we live between major fires with Carlton 15 miles to the south and Buggs Road 7 miles to the north. We are not threatened yet but next week promises to bring another round of plus 100 degree weather and less than 10% humidity.

Close friends lost their home early on. As often happens, the home burned completely but his large shop with all his tools and stash of lumber was spared. As soon as the ground cooled, Ken was cleaning the foundation in preparation for rebuilding. In his rural area, the neighbors pitch-in much like the old barn raising. Today we clean my lot, tomorrow we clean yours. A year from now it will look like a fire never happened.

This is the first time in my 73 years of memory that an entire town burned in our area. Pateros, a beautiful and peaceful village on the Columbia River was almost completely destroyed. Again, there was no rhyme or reason for what was spared. A colleague, the Pastor of the only church in town, lost his parsonage but the church building itself was undamaged.

Please keep these folks in your prayers. Many lost all their memories. Only one lost their life. With God’s help, they now rebuild.

Thanks for reading.

-- Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day; wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit.

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#1 posted 08-10-2014 08:40 AM

Wow what a horrible experience to go through! I hope the area has since received some good soaking rain.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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