The Huge Wildfire Too Close To Home Part One

I’ve never seen a wildfire in real life, but one came to us yesterday…

We were on our way out when Dave said he could smell smoke, nah says me, someone’s just lit a BBQ. Then we looked down the road and a plume of black smoke was rising up into the sky… Wildfires are rife at the moment further inland, but here?!

I’ve mentioned before how we’re surrounded by valley’s. All roads in our area come to a full stop up because of them, including ours. So we went down the end to have a nosey, as did everyone else.

Any notion of it being a house on fire across the other side of this valley was forgotten. Emergency services were already on site, and this was the scene from the balustrades that protect anyone falling down there.

The road below us in these photos comes to an end just round the corner, and to the right, the big wooded area of the valley was ablaze.

Should be able to see the Med from here, under normal circumstances it´s a beautiful view…

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This woman was taking her life in her hands, not long after she´d gone those two trees either side of her literally exploded into flames…

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Then the breeze changed direction and there was just this little park between our houses and the fire…

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Later, and nearer…

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With the camera sat between the balustrades it was getting a bit too close for comfort, and too difficult to breathe…

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Fear of flying embers spreading to houses was becoming a reality, so we ran walked back to the house…

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Over two hours later we thought it was dying a death…

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Except we were wrong. The plume of smoke above our house began to turn black again…

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The emergency services did a brilliant job. With the fire being in a valley, they focused on the perimeter first, the priority to stop it spreading…

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We could only assume it was contained at the bottom of the valley, still ablaze, under control, but just too dangerous to get down there. It must have been so fierce back up was required, and it didn´t come in the shape of yet another fire engine…

So I´ll continue this spectacularly dramatic incident tomorrow. Far too many photos for one post, and aside from sirens it all gets a bit NOISY…

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