For those of you that have been following the fires here in Arizona, or at least read about them, here is an update. First, a brief history: Arizona is normally very dry; yesterday the humidity in Phoenix was 4%. Some years we have very little snow up in the high country and sparse rain here in the desert. In those years, the forests are really dry and can easily spread fire. This year there was lots of snow up north and rain here. That’s a good thing and we had plenty of wildflowers this spring. We also had an abundance of weeds and grass, and now that it’s dry again, the wildflowers and weeds are just fire fodder waiting for something to happen. Well, it usually does in one of two ways. This is the time of year for thunderstorms, but being so dry, we get a lot of lightning and wind, but no moisture. The rain evaporates before it hits the ground. This inevitably starts fires, which is the case right now. Sometimes people start these fires, which was the case two years ago when we had about 500,000 acres of pines and hundreds of homes go up in flames. Right now they are fighting the second largest fire in Arizona’s history and it has consumed about 180,000 acres of pristine desert with no end in sight. There are many other smaller fires, one just to the south of us yesterday took 500 acres with it and the winds blew smoke over most of the west side. Our eyes burned and we could smell the smoke when we went outside. There are about 11 major fires in the state right now, and there are a couple of new brush fires each day. We’ve had no less than eight of them around us these past few weeks, and it’s not uncommon to walk outside and see a big plume of smoke somewhere. The bottom line though is that we are safe for now, as are several other members of the Gauge like Ray Marinaccio and Jim Currie. The largest fire has taken a few homes, but is now headed up in one direction towards Black Canyon City in the desert and in the other towards two smaller towns in the forest area. The last line of defense to the east is the Verde River, and if it jumps that, it will hit the forest. There is no defense to the west, just about 800 firefighters doing their thing.:thumb: I am posting this just in case you were interested or curious, and to ask those of you that are so inclined, to pray for the safety of those fighting these fires and that they are successful in containing them. Praying for a little rain wouldn’t hurt either. I will post updates as things change.