According to the Summit County Citizens Voice this morning in an article by Bob Berwyn, the fires have spread to cover 250,000 acres of tall grassland, and it appears they are likely to spread. Forty homes have been lost so far, and the extreme nature of these fires is challenging firefighters. Indeed, we learned the sad news this morning that one firefighter lost his life yesterday in a fire near Gorman. See my previous post.
Look at the photo below this text carefully, and you’ll spot two firefighters working close to the blaze. It sort of hit home with me just how much courage it takes to do this work and what hot and dirty work it must be. We owe these people a debt of gratitude.
Berwyn provided a link in his article that I think you will appreciate. It’s InciWeb’s site which provides updated info on some of the fires burning. If you click on the incident name, it will take you to a second page with a map and more information, including the county in which the fire is burning. Everyone is interested in maps of the fires, and those are hard to come by except for Google Earth’s maps. See my previous post for a link to the Google Earth site showing the locations of the fires.