It’s not that often that this part of New Mexico makes the news. Unfortunately, the extra wet summer last year and the extra dry one this year have led to one of the largest fires in Southwestern history, burning up more than forty miles away and across two rivers, but we are making plans should we need to leave the area. This is unlikely, though smoky conditions or a loss of power are our current concerns. For now, the fire is a bad neighbor to the north and a spectacle in the late afternoons, when the wind shifts enough that we can see the smoke plume. So far, no one has been hurt and only a dozen structures have been lost to the fire, despite its size. There are lots of resources for information on the Wallow Fire available online; I recommend www.inciweb.org.
Again, we are hoping for the best, and we have plans in place such that we can evacuate Mule Creek very quickly. We’re safe. But we’ll have the students call home more often, anyway.