This has been Colorado's worst fire. 25 square miles burned, over 500 homes were destroyed, and 2 people lost their lives. The fire is 85% contained. There are still about 2,600 people under mandatory evacuation.
At the height of the fire, the mandatory evacuation extended to about 2 miles south of us. We were packed and ready to leave.
Bob's white truck and trailer for Boomer and Ben
Our truck and trailer for Paj and Reggie,
ready to roll
Don't be fooled by the clear sky in the photo. We had moments of clear skies, but periods of pea-soup smoke. Paj, with his airborne allergies, spent the week on Neo-Poly-Dex for his eyes, Dexamethasone for his labored breathing, and GastroGard for stress. In hindsight, I should have boarded that boy out for the duration. But that's stressful too.
What's that, Mickey? You want me to tell everybody your eyes hurt too? Okay. Little Mickey kept rubbing his eyes. He acted fatigued, and we were worried about him.
As soon as they pushed the mandatory evacuation zone farther away from us, we invited Once Upon an Equine to move her horses to neighbor Chuck's. Once Upon an Equine had been evacuated to the fairgrounds, and Chuck had empty stalls. He was on the road with 3 of his horses while David and I took care of his ranch. Chuck was happy for us to host Misty, Lola and Lyra.
Misty, Lyra and Lola
Lola, the mini-mule, is loaded with personality.
While Misty and Lyra munched hay,
Lola was after that last piece of grain that Misty may have left.
She stomped her little hoof to show her displeasure.
What a character!
Lola helped me with the cleaning.
Once Upon an Equine was able to go home last night. Their home is safe and untouched by the fire. For me, today is the first day that feels normal. I spent most of it sleeping.
Jim, I need an in-case-of-fire relaxation technique. When I tried "I am a log", that little voice added "and we all know what happens to logs in a fire".