THERE IS NOTHING like thick billows of wildfire smoke close to town to remind everyone that Mother Nature has an indubitable upper hand. Humbling.
As the fire was raging, I heard someone say, ‘I hope it’s not human-caused, but I am afraid it might be.’ I guess many of us had the same thought. It happened too many times already this year and in previous years too.
Then the confirmation came: human-caused. While freak accidents are just that, there is something infuriating about one more human-caused wildfire. On Thursday night, the burnt side of the hill where the fire raged during the afternoon was a tapestry of eerily glowing smoldering bits. If something can be scary and beautiful at the same time, I think that sight comes as close as can be.