We are now home and safe and sound. Late yesterday afternoon they lifted the evacuation and we were able to officially return home (although we already had). Last I heard the fire was 40% contained and they are now doing mop up operations by us. The fire was about a mile from our house and lets just say I was glad I wasn't here to experience it.
I can't thank the firefighters, police officers, and National Guard enough. Their hard work and bravery is incredible. Officials called this fire a crown fire, which means that the tops of the trees was burning in advance of the fire on the ground. This created a very dangerous and fast moving fire. Heat and winds didn't help any either. Because of God's grace and these hard-working men and women not a single home was damaged and there were no injuries associated with this fire.
Life has returned to normal and now I am confident that if this kind of emergency were to ever arise again we would be able to handle it in a calm, collective manner. The hint of smoke still lingers, but through the haze the sun still shines bright promising that the best is yet to come. God has blessed us with much needed rain these past couple evenings, so now I am going to go sit on my porch and watch it pour.
Whether you are experienceing drought or too much rain, may God bless you and your family and keep you safe. Just remember, the best is yet to come.