Twilight when we left gave to pitch. Through the night we drove, heading from Arizona to California, and then the moon rose.
“Shirley, look at the moon. It’s red.”
We gazed at the strange sphere and Jerry offered, “Do you suppose it’s caused by the fires?”
Not exactly was the moon red last night, but it was discolored and with a gauzy appearance. Our state is ravaged now by hundreds of out-of-control fires. It is of such consequence and concern that the National Guard has been called in; the first time in 30 years.
Mirander, a 27-year-old student, left behind her husband and a 7-year-old stepson in Riverside to spend one month working 12-hour days battling the flames.
“It’s pretty awesome,” she said of working alongside other troops. “We really stand by each other.”
The first wave of 200 troops took their places Wednesday, providing “a breath of fresh air” to crews on the ground, said Dan Burns, an assistant fire chief who was helping integrate the Guard into the firefighting effort.
“It’ll really relieve a lot of pressure out there,” Burns said. “The state got hit by so many fires at once — we couldn’t staff them all.”
Because this fire season started so early, the firefighting conditions have been among the worst in memory, even among longtime crews, said Terence McHale, policy director for CDF Firefighters of Cal Fire, the union representing the firefighters.
Here from Adam Housley’s blog is a video link depicting one of the fires.
Please continue to pray for the thousands who have been evacuated and for our fire personnel who are exhausted and stretched to their limits.
My devotional blog is here.