On the Road and In Your Backyard

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Today, pictures from valued commenter Tom DeVries.

In late July strangers employed by the government came in the night and saved my home from the 150 square mile Ferguson wildfire. The fire was stopped 30 feet from my backdoor with planes, helicopters, a bulldozer, and human effort. I will never know exactly whom I owe, but thank you.

Taken on August 19, 2018

Sierra Nevada foothills, California

the southern edge of the Yosemite/Ferguson fire in California, at my property line


Thank you so much Tom DeVries, do send us more when you can.


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8 replies
  1. 1
    JPL says:

    Amazing. I glad that you were spared.

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    Wag says:

    Wow. Very, very cool. I’m happy that your home was spared.

  3. 3
    Betty says:

    How frightening. So happy you are doing Okay.

  4. 4
    Mary G says:

    But, but government is the problem, not the solution! //

    California has had so many terrible fires, it’s good to hear you were spared.

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    eclare says:

    Glad your house (and you) survived. I can’t imagine losing everything in a fire.

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    stinger says:

    So glad your home was saved, Tom, and thank you for acknowledging the role of government.

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    Mart says:

    Great job of raking!

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