Sunday Post #40

Posted April 24, 2022 by WendyW in Blogging, Book Blog Meme, bookblogger / 59 Comments

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted at the @ Caffeinated Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. See the rules here: Sunday Post Meme

My Wild (FIRE) Week:

We started the week going camping, and then on Tuesday, we got the call from our kids that there is a wildfire near our home. The “Tunnel Fire” in Flagstaff was raging just a few miles from our home. It went from a 1-acre fire on Tuesday morning to a 6000-acre fire on Tuesday afternoon. And by Wednesday morning it was a 20,000-acre fire. Our home is only a mile from the evacuation zone and about 7 miles from the actual fire.

Our kids (both adults) prepared for an evacuation and got the important papers, pictures, etc together just in case. By the time we got home, most of the danger was over, but we were still worried about the forecast for high winds. Fortunately, the fire didn’t come closer to our home, as the winds kept blowing in the opposite direction.

My daughter took this photo on the first night of the fire from our home. It shows only a portion of the fire

Very strong winds fueled the fire as it destroyed 30 homes and many more structures. The fire was moving so fast that most people only had a few minutes to flee their homes, and many didn’t have time to rescue their animals. As this is a rural area, there were horses, mules, pigs, chickens, sheep, goats, etc as well as dogs and cats that were left behind, however, many of the animals were rescued later on by firefighters and volunteers!

Some images from the fire. Most from the first day when the fire was raging out of control.

A photo of a fireman who saved a domestic pig who was running around and lost.

I loved how the community banded together to help those who are now homeless and find temporary homes for the livestock and pets that are now also homeless. And of course, I’m forever grateful to the brave firefighters and first responders.

We are very grateful and feel very fortunate that we did not have to evacuate, lose our home, or worse. I’m very proud of my kids for keeping calm and knowing what to do, and that eased my mind considerably.

As of Saturday evening, the fire is still only 3% contained, but the danger to dwellings is minimal as the fire is mostly raging through the wilderness areas. The forecast looks good for the next few days, so the fire crews should be able to make some great progress.

Last week I read:

I did get some reading in despite the drama! These were all very different, but all very good!

Next week I hope to get to:

This is a lot for one week, but the audiobooks are all novellas, so I should be able to get through them quickly.

On the Blog Last Week:

Monday: Book Review: Beautiful by Danielle Steel
Tuesday: Top Ten Tuesday
Wednesday: Can’t Wait Wednesday
Thursday: Audiobook Review: Dear Emmie Blue by Lia Louis
Friday: Book Review: My Sister’s Big Fat Indian Wedding by Sajni Patel
Saturday: Stacking the Shelves
Sunday: The Sunday Post

On the Blog Next Week:

Monday: Book Review: Drop Dead Gorgeous by Rachel Gibson
Tuesday: Top Ten Tuesday
Wednesday: Can’t Wait Wednesday: The Boardwalk Bookshop by Susan Mallery
Thursday: Book Review: The Mad Girls of New York by Maya Rodale
Friday: Blog Tour and Book Review: It Started With a Kiss by Lisa Hobman
Saturday: Stacking the Shelves
Sunday: The Sunday Post.

Have you read any of these books? What are you hoping to read this next week? What have you been up to last week? Comment below!

59 responses to “Sunday Post #40

  1. How scary! I’m glad you’re all safe.

    If it’s okay to ask, how is your breathing doing? Okay, I hope?

    There were some big wildfires in Canada last year. They weren’t close to my home, but the fires were so huge and so much smoke was blown into my area that I had a couple of days of breathing troubles. It was a relief when the wind changed direction.

  2. Oh how scary! Even though you’re not in the evacuation zone this has to be incredibly stressful for your family. I hope you have a wonderful week.

    • Thank you, Yesha. It was a bit scary for sure. But, it’s made us more aware and better prepared for a wildfire.

  3. That’s so scary, Wendy! Thankful your kids were there to take care of things just in case and you didn’t lose your home. Those firefighters are true heroes.

  4. That’s so scary about the fire – and how close it is/was to your home. I’m so glad you didn’t have to evacuate. Heartbreaking for those that lost their homes, though. Such a loss. I hope the brave firefighters will be able to get a handle on it as the week progresses.

  5. Janette

    So glad that your home was safe from the fire. The wildfires escalate so quickly. Hopefully it will be under control very soon.
    Happy reading X

  6. Glad to hear that you and yours are safe. Honestly, I didn’t know of the wildfires down that way until today. We usually hear something about them, but typically a day or two after they start. Hoping the weather will continue to cooperate and allow the fire to be put out.

  7. That must have been so scary and stressful, but I am so glad you and your family are safe and did not have to evacuate. I feel terrible for all those that lost their homes and agree, the firefighters are definitely heroes. I have many of these books on my TBR, but not sure when I will get to them. Have a wonderful week, Wendy.

  8. So glad you didn’t have to evacuate. I know that had to have been very scary and stressful. So sorry for the ones who were not as fortunate. Hopefully the fire will be completely out soon. Have a great week!

  9. How scary for you Wendy! It’s scary to see how fast these fires can spread. I’m glad you are safe and the community is supporting one another. I hope it gets 100% contained very soon.

    • Thank you, Jodie! It’s only at 15% contained now, but they have worked hard to keep it away from homes, so it’ burning mostly in the wilderness now.

  10. I’m sorry to hear about the wildfire and how close it is to your home. I hope the firefighters are able to put it out quickly so everyone can return back to their homes. When my sister ilved in Thousand Oaks, there was a wildfire near their home as well. It was very scary for them. I hope all you and your family and friends are all safe.

    • Thank you, Jenni. All is well now. The evacuees have returned to their homes, and they are working to figure out what to do next. Like most wildfires, some homes were almost completely intact and some were burned to the ground in a very random pattern.

  11. That is such a scary fire out your way! I’m glad you didn’t have to evacuate. Fingers crossed they get the rest of it contained soon.

    • Thank you, Lark. Those firefighters sure work hard, it’s at 15% contained now, and they have made a lot of progress to keep it away from homes. So, it’s sure looking better!

  12. The fires are very scary. It’s not just CA, it’s AZ and CO and expanding these days. I can’t imagine leaving without our dog Lulu. I’m so glad you remained safe. Those Ali Hazelwood novellas are great. Enjoy!

    Anne – Books of My Heart This is my Sunday Post

  13. We’ve had wildfires get really close to us too, and it’s a frightening situation! So happy to hear you’re out of danger! Those photos are spectacular. The way the community came together is heartwarming. I want to listen to those Ali Hazelwood books. Stay safe and take care, Wendy!

  14. Oh my- I’m so glad the fire didn’t come your way! Although that’s a close call. and thank goodness too for all the pets and animals that were saved.

  15. Wendy, I am thankful that you all and your kids were safe from the fires. I will be praying for rain in your area. I hope you have a great reading week!

  16. Oh my gosh Wendy! That must have been terrifying indeed! I’m scared of fire and it’s something that is unfortunately happening here in SA way too often. One of my best friends lost her home and everything they had in a runaway fire when she was 7 months pregnant. It was a horrible experience.

    Glad you, your family and your life stock are all okay. Please take care of yourself and take some time. It must have been horrible!

    I can’t hear your thoughts on the Ali Hazelwood novellas. They all look really good to me.

    Have a good week Wendy.

    Lots of Love,

    Elza Reads

    • Thank you so much Mareli. I’m so sorry about your friend who lost her home. It’s just so sad. I know. a home can be “replaced” but it’s never the same afterward.

  17. Jenny+McClinton

    That must have been so scary for so many people & devastating for ones that have lost their homes. I am so glad you & your family are safe. Hope you have a calmer week this week 😊

  18. Wow Wendy! That is just so close. I’m so happy for you that you were spared and I will be praying for rain or no wind for you all. Stay safe and have a wonderful week!🤗📚🌞☕💜

    • Thank you, Susan. We aren’t supposed to get any high winds until Tuesday, so that gives the firefighters even more time to get it under control!