- "More than 175000 acres have already burned in New Mexico this fire season, and the southern and eastern parts of the state are likely to face more ...". For some reason, I can't open this article to see more than this headline, but it certainly got my attention. It was dated today or yesterday, certainly reflecting current concerns, and we are barely into the season of vulnerability.
- One of the big problems is the lack of humidity. I returned to the Southwest because high humidity causes me physical problems, but what is going on here is extreme. This morning, they say the relative humidity in Roswell (60 miles east of me) is 3%; in El Paso (about 100 miles south) it is 2%; I believe they said Denver has just 4%. Can you imagine this? This severe lack of moisture in the air causes whatever moisture is in the soil, whatever is emitted by living plants, to be pulled into the air and immediately evaporated. Thus, things such a pine needles on the ground, which usually will help to hold moisture in the earth are now dry as old, old paper and more or less kindling to any small thing that could start a fire. Think of a carelessly discarded glass bottle lying on top of those needles. Or a piece of metal, lying in the sun on top of brittle, dry leaves, soaking up heat. Just think. Pretty scary stuff.
These are random musings of my life journey, the people, animals, places, and events which have woven, and continue to weave, a tapestry that is me. We all know there is no real destination, only the ongoing experiences which blend together, creating the trail. Each step gives a glimpse of what is to come, without allowing me to see the end result. It is exciting. I have a home base that is mine, that gives me a place to rest. This is it. This is where my heart is, no matter where I journey...................
Monday, April 21, 2008
A Couple More Thoughts About Fires
Another couple details, alarming to me, that I've found this morning about the wildfires: