I'm typing this while watching the live briefing regarding the Marshall fire in Boulder county.
Scary Scary sh*t happened yesterday. While we were putzing around with our little home improvement projects, thousands of people were evacuating as homes were burning. Super dry conditions coupled with high intensity winds sparked horrific fires. The burn area is about a 1-hour drive from us.
Chaco called me as he lives and works near the evacuation zone. He went into work around noon to put in a half day before the New Year holiday, and several coworkers were abruptly leaving to evacuate from their homes. He's sure at least 2 or 3 of them lost their homes.
I encouraged Chaco to head to our house rather than wait for an evacuation order. He loaded up his car, but decided to watch and wait. His neighborhood was able to stay put.
Meanwhile, I checked in with my oldest brother - known here on the blog as "Hagrid" - who lives in Louisville.
His home was completely destroyed.
While I'm utterly relieved that he and my sis-in-law made it to safety, I feel devastated by this loss for them.
Less than a week ago, he and I were texting cutesy Merry Christmas messages. Yesterday morning began like any other.