A good friend of mine forwarded me an e-mail he had received about a 1st Hand Bug Out Account from the Wild Fires in Colorado. I think we can all take a lesson away from this. Below is the e-mail:
We received confirmation last night that our house is still standing (great news!) but won’t know if we suffered any smoke or heat damage until we are allowed to access to the property. The only thing we have been told is that it will be awhile. They are still concerned about hot spots. We were also thinking that maybe they were stalling us in preparation for Obama’s visit to ground zero today. The long and short of it is we have been glued to the 24 hour local news broadcasts and are still shell-shocked.
In short, this is how it all came down:
Even though the fire had been burning for days, we believed – along with everyone else – that it was under control. But you can not believe how quickly that all changed as a wall of fire descended on us. One estimate we’ve heard is that it was traveling miles in minutes. As we scrambled to grab what we could, a friend who works for the volunteer fire department called us to warn us that the fire had reached a road ¼ mile from us. Then the phone rang to tell us to evacuate. We never received a pre-evacuation notice even though we were monitoring the fire on TV. I literally glanced out our living room window and saw a raging fire pouring down on us in the near distance. Next we started hearing explosions and stepped outside to find our house totally consumed in smoke. I grabbed a wrench, ran to the gas meter on the side of the house, shut it down, unhooked the propane tank from the grill on the deck and moved it away from the house. Went back in the house, grabbed our suitcase and some other personal possessions, locked everything down and split.
It felt like a scene from a movie as we drove away from our neighborhood, so surreal with flying ash and sirens screaming and everyone in their cars with their faces covered (including the cops & firemen) with masks or bandanas. Pure chaos… it looked like a war zone.
Has anyone else heard a first hand account of Bugging Out from the Wildfires out West?
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