Monday, April 21, 2008


Our Manzano Mountains have been burning since last Tuesday. We have lost over 3000 acres to this fire. Yesterday we saw giant plumes of smoke from our kitchen window brought on by single digit humidity and fierce winds sometimes gusting to 50 miles per hour. Our home is not in danger but the small villages of Manzano and Toreon have evacuated. Fire is the most feared of events here in New Mexico. It is the price we pay for warm dry temperatures and low humidity. Today we wish for rain and no wind.


ChrisJ said...

Oh no!

I loved Manzano while we were there. I hope it's under control soon.

Good to see you guys bloggin!

Vanessa said...

Hey Jude (and Roy),

I subscribed to email updates from Arelene Perea at the District Ranger Station to post to Mountainair Announcements, mostly about the fire these days. George Hewett is also sending updates to her email list and (presumably) posting on Country Chronicles blog.

According to today's 6 am update, the cost is well over 2 million. Other news reports "suspicious causes" for fire, probably human.