Momentary Panic

See the previous post. We were outside all day yesterday, and even though we’d read about a controlled burn planned for Jones State Forest, it slipped our minds when we started seeing and smelling smoke. For just a split second, I began to think about how we could round up two cats and two dogs and get to a safe place, but then we remembered what we’d read.

As it turns out, it wasn’t a burn in Jones Forest, but one farther away. This makes me wonder what the smoke would have been like if it had been burning right there on 1488! It might have been pretty bad, almost certainly dangerous for a person with lung problems to be outside.

Here’s hoping they give us lots of advanced notice when they start the burn even closer to home. When they can burn depends on the humidity and the wind, so they don’t always know days in advance. I guess when you see and smell smoke, but don’t hear any sirens, it’s a pretty good sign.


About M.J.Deare

I am a writer, actively researching topics of interest. I am also a graduate of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, with a degree in English, and have a master's degree from the University of Memphis. Born in New Orleans, I lived there until moving to northwest Arkansas and from there to Memphis, Tennessee. My husband and I currently reside in The Woodlands, Texas.
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