The winds are pushing the Dog Head Forest Fire in my direction, but as the wind is shifting west, and will be mostly west for the next few days, I may be missed by a hair. The evacuation shifted east of the Manzanos this morning, so the wind may push it off the mountains, instead of straight north into my lap. There are horses and cattle to be evacuated, not easy for those folks.
I took this photo last night about 8 pm right before packing additional items to take out if I am evacuated. I distilled my life to one pickup load! Since the fire was pushing hard in this direction, I stayed up until 4 am, until the wind shifted again. I am tired this morning and we are on red alert for smoke inhalation and heat advisories. Sipping water helps the throat. Most of northern New Mexico is choking on smoke and the fire has spread to 2000 acres.
I always have emergency gear in my truck, including water, snacks, shovel, mylar blankets, blankets, heavy jacket, hiking boots, etc. Learned to do that living in the backwoods growing up in Oregon and Alaska.
I packed more things for this type of emergency, like having important documents in a plastic container, grab and go. I could walk out if necessary, but having a whole Tacoma pickup means I can take more things, like the Clampitts on their way to Beverly Hills. Didn’t granny get to sit in her rocking chair on top of their worldly goods? I need a driver.