Like many other's living in the west, we too have a wilderness fire a little too close to home for comfort. Our fire called the Shingle Fire started sunday afternoon about 3:38pm. It was caused by a faulty
ATV park arrestor. As of late sunday night the fire had burned 500 acres. This morning the fire has reached 5400 acres (1 acre is about the size of 1 football field). An estimated 550 residents have been evacuated. Many of our ward member's living on the mountain have been evacuated. It's awesome to see so many families living here in Alton offer there homes to other's in need. Our Town Hall right across the street has also been opened to families who need a place to stay.
This picture was taken near the Swain's Creek turn off.
This picture was taken yesterday at Todd's. About 3 miles north of the fire.
This picture was taken at the Mammoth Cave turn off on HWY 14 facing in our direction. Obviously the HWY has been shut down AGAIN for us locals.
I took this picture last night standing in the road beside my house. The air reeks of smoke. This morning our vehicles are covered in ash. We are being told that the fire remains at 0% containment. There are 3 helicopters and 2 heavy air tankers fighting our fire. There are 19 engines, 2 hand crews and 3 bull dozers. Yesterday afternoon due to strong winds there were 200+ firefighters removed from the area due to extreme conditions. This fire seems to be out of control and moving very quickly.
I had all the kids try them on to make sure they weren't too heavy.
This morning they are now all on top of our coat closet shelf right if front of the front door. We are ready! There's a few things I'd like to add to them but that will have to wait until I get to the store next week.I hope they were able to evacuate all of the precious beetles. Hate to see the Eco-system disturbed by having them all die!" or how about this person's opinion, "It's infuriating! There should be a class action law suit.. Citizens of Kane County v. U.S. Federal Government!! They are risking real lives and livelihoods just to protect a beetle? Its just not right."
There is a consequence to every action. I wonder how much money has been wasted by the Government trying to protect this endangered beetle that lives inside dead trees, that are killing more trees everyday? How much money could have been made by logging companies and ranchers by being able to use the land. How many jobs would this have created in a struggling economy ? Let's not forget the Government would have made money off all this too. Now how much money is going to be spent because of this fire? How much land will be destroyed for years before it repairs itself? How many people are going to loose there homes, there livelihoods? How many people are suffereing from the inconvience of leaving there homes? All becuase of a beetle! It's not just Cedar Mountain either. There are so many wild fires right now in the West. How many of these fires could have been prevented if the forest had been well managed? There is a place for all of us but I sure wish these Extreme Enviromentalists could look at the whole picture and everything that will and can be effected by there choices and decision's.