Monday, June 25th, 2007 is now Scary Fire Day.
Today, there was a 128-acre fire that burned a large area known as “The Dish” at Stanford. This is a large area of open foothills that features a radio-astronomy satellite dish (hence the name), open to the public. Carolyn & I will often take the kids in a stroller to “do the dish”, a nice 3.5 mile walk up and around the hills that offers great views of the Valley. My parents live within minutes of the Dish.
At the same time, up in Tahoe, a huge fire burned out of control in Desolation Wilderness, a large state park within just a few minutes of Stanford Sierra Camp. The camp is a set of lodge cabins for alumni families to visit with kids during the summer. Carolyn & I go up to the camp every summer in August, just a few weeks from now. The fire was so bad that they evacuated the camp, not giving people time to even collect belongings from their cabins.
Just a little too close to home for my taste today.