Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Fire in the wilderness

What? A 1000 acre fire near here? Already?

It's early. Most of us haven't even taken our yearly fitness test yet.  But it's out there, someone's campfire, abandoned in the wilderness.  Fifty people are fighting it, digging fireline and protecting a cabin.

photo from http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/
Meanwhile, up on the ski hill....


It was closing weekend.  I met a friend at my favorite lift and did a few runs; the snow was getting sparse in spots, but the sun was out.  Costumes were all over the mountain; some people skied in shorts.  As I sat next to the run looking at the mountains, a curious grouse approached.


That's cute, I thought, watching it circle me.  Some people looked down from the lift. "There's a grouse behind you," one of them said helpfully.  Suddenly it flew at me in a fury, making a demented noise.  It appeared to be time to move on.

The early fires smolder in the hills.  Maybe they are a sign of a busy fire season to come, maybe not.  Maybe it will rain all summer.  Although we are armed with long term forecasts and maps of drought, nobody really knows for sure.

I don't stick around for last chair.  See you next winter, aggressive grouse! We'll do our best to make sure your home stays safe. 

12 comments:

  1. Geez, forest fires already??? Too bad you couldn't truck some of that snow over to dump on the blaze.

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    1. I think it finally snowed on it. But there will be more.

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  2. Grouchy grouse. Glad it didn't get more aggressive. Wishing you well as the fire season gets under way.

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    1. Thanks AA. Not really ready, but it's here.

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  3. Stay safe as the fire season gears up!!!!

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  4. Grouse protecting its home? We have two in the back woods near the house...one perched on the deck for awhile. Hope they survive all the woods dangers and raise a brood. Our ski hill closed with insufficient snow....then starting April 1st, we got 39" but apparently too late to reopen. Glad you had a last sunny day and that fire season comes slowly and successfully.

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    1. I guess so, it was near a stringer of trees.

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  5. I met a ptarmigan (really similar to a grouse!) who behaved completely crazy like that once...It must have been protecting its nest, usually they're scared of people!

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    1. I guess that must be it. I didn't see a nest, but it was probably in the trees.

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  6. Always wonder what goes through the brains of animals.

    So early for fire-wow!

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    1. Yes it's early, especially for one to get to 1000 acres.

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