Saga Of A Wildfire: Part 2


| 10/22/2018 10:31:00 AM


 

Post Wildfire Problems

In the first part of this series regarding the Colorado Spring wildfire I related the experience of going through evacuation and the wildfire itself. This segment will deal with the aftermath once we returned to our home and what follows.  It has been 10 weeks since we were able to return to our home and now we are dealing with the lingering after effects of the wildfire. While our property and structures are thankfully intact the area around us is totally and completely destroyed (see photo).

Soot And Ash Irritation:

When the wind blows, which it does frequently, the ash and soot blow around in clouds that sting our eyes and choke us. The wildfire burned so intensely hot that in much of the area it burned the nutrients out of the soil 3-4” deep, so there is nothing growing to keep it from being blown around. We keep our windows closed but it still invades our home and settles on everything. We dust daily and 10 weeks later the dust cloth still comes away black from the ash and soot. We can feel it on our skin and it is gritty on our teeth. It burns our eyes and our voices are raspy. Ballpoint pens don’t write well as this fine dust adheres to paper. It accumulates in the carpet and we are frequently shampooing the carpeting to get it out.  

Soot And Ash Infiltrates Everything:

The water that puddled up on the tarp was mostly black. Our deck and sidewalk are black or dark grey from the soot and ash. There is abundant soot and ash to keep blowing on the wind for a very long time. Rarely have we looked forward to snow as we have this year. Electronics do not function as well due to the soot infiltrating inside them.  Soot/ash is attracted to any heat source like refrigerator or freezer motors/elements and they too need more regular cleaning.



Lingering Odor:

BRUCEM
10/30/2018 11:44:10 AM

Andiblue: I forgot shaving soap, a nail file, first aid kit and only took 3 days of clothes. I didn't take anything to write on and had one heck of a time with my I-phone. My wife only bought it for me a few days before and I did not take the time to learn how it works. Neither of us took enough clothes and spent a lot of time doing washing at the motel wash room. I'm sure there were other items but I forget what they were. We had plenty of food, treats and dog beds to keep our fur family as normal as possible.


BRUCEM
10/30/2018 11:41:16 AM

Andiblue: I forgot shaving soap, a nail file, first aid kit and only took 3 days of clothes. I didn't take anything to write on and had one heck of a time with my I-phone. My wife only bought it for me a few days before and I did not take the time to learn how it works. Neither of us took enough clothes and spent a lot of time doing washing at the motel wash room. I'm sure there were other items but I forget what they were. We had plenty of food, treats and dog beds to keep our fur family as normal as possible.


andiblue
10/30/2018 7:57:08 AM

Thank you for a great article. Living in California, we also have our share of wildfires. I wonder if you would share some ideas of what was missing from your evacuation go-kit?




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