Living in Wildfire Country

Tuesday evening we heard about a wildfire burning at one of the most beautiful locations in Arizona. Many people who don’t even live in Arizona know about the Sedona red rocks and of course the Grand Canyon. Sedona is nestled right at the bottom of the Ponderosa Pines and Slide rock sits close to the bottom of Oak Creek Canyon. Its a picturesque place. The red rocks tower over the creek, the fall colors are just brilliant and its just a wonderful place to get in touch with yourself and nature.

 
 
 
 

I loved exploring this place in college, love driving the switchbacks and hearing the locus sing, love the crisp air and the canopy of leafy tree branches that cover the roads as you are driving down into Oak Creek.

It is all gone.

It is burning. What I was hoping to share with my kids this summer on a camping trip is now a burnt wasteland and it’s still growing. At this moment (Thursday Morning), there is still no containment on the #Slidefire and it is burning upwards of 4,800 acres heading toward my home town and a few friends living in neighborhoods in Kachina Village and Forest Highlands.

Yesterday was a play-group day and it was supposed to be at the park, but the sky was smokey and I wondered what the small white specks were falling down on my car…ash.

Ash rained down on the city all day long under a red smoke-filled sky.

My heart is heavy this morning knowing that it will never be the same.

The last time we were in Oak Creek we took spectacular photos when I was pregnant with my son.

 
 
I am hopeful that there is still some beauty that this human caused fire can’t take away. 
 
Last night the fire burned through the night as we all slept and prayed for our firefighters. Larry Pollock, a Sedona photographer and resident captured this photo last night. 
Image via Larry Pollack
This is what I love about Northern Arizona. The town I live in discovered “Pluto”. Can you see why!? The skies up here are beautiful!
 
When the fire is out, we will have to drive down the switchbacks to see what is left of our beloved Oak Creek. I am very sad. I know the canopied roads are now just charred tree stubs. I will miss that the most.  

If you were to take some good news away from this fire, it would be that no one “yet” has been hurt and no structures have burned, so lets hope it stays that way and does not cross the fire lines south of Kachina Village

Right now I am staying up to date with what is going on with the #SlideFire via twitter and a transistor radio.

Tweets about “#SlideFire”

Pray!!

 

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I'm just a wife and mom of two boys trying to find her place in this world. I enjoy walks around the lake, bible journaling, and RV camping with my family.

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I'm just a wife and mom of two boys trying to find her place in this world. I enjoy walks around the lake, bible journaling, and RV camping with my family.

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