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Too Much to Bear
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The cloud of smoke from the Chippy Creek and other fires made the sky
purple, gray, and scary.
On that day in August, as we walked through the Rosaurís parking lot
gazing up at the ominous smoke overhead, we imagined ourselves as actors
in a disaster movie. We wondered if something was going to happen. Would
the ground start shaking, the wind start howling, and then giant hail
fall in torrents upon our heads? Perhaps
aliens would descend from their spaceship and start killing us off.
Whatever happened, we would be stuck in Rosaurís grocery waiting for it
to be over.
None of this happened though. The hail did not fall and the spaceship
did not land. It was just another ordinary day, except that it was fire
season. Fires surrounded the valley. It smelled like smoke and
dark brown clouds loomed in the sky.
One evening, our dad took us to Lone Pine State Park. After we had
walked to a good vantage point, we saw plumes of smoke coming up. It was
astonishing! It appeared as if the fire was right over the nearby hills.
We looked towards
Mt. Aeneas where we had seen giant plumes of white smoke from a fire
burning in the Bob Marshall Wilderness a week before. Blue sky
peeked around dirty brown smoke and bright orange sun shined through
dark clouds. It was eerie!
Our house smelled like smoke and smoke
lingered around the valley. We're glad it's over. But all in
all, it was an exciting fire season!
Views of smoky valley from
Smoky skies at
Wilderness Fire as seen from