What an unbelievable array of emotions this past weekend had been...
I woke up Friday May 16 to my mom coming downstairs and telling me to help Andrew, her boyfriend, water the house's roof.
Me, in my still sleeping slumber, couldn't figure out why the heck we were supposed to water the house.
I got up and made my way outside, and as soon as I stepped out and peeked around the house, I could smell the smoke coming from the fire.
Andrew and Alex (my boyfriend) started to water down the house while myself, Emma, and my mom went to check on our neighbours, Evelyn and Richard (78 and 82 respectively) to make sure that they were okay as the fire started somewhere out by their place.
There were still there, though the cops and firefighter's were saying they should evacuate.
I climbed up on their house and started spraying the roof, while Emma did their second farmhouse across the lawn.
We stopped and visited for a bit, as I hadn't been to visit for a while. This couple and taken care of my dog for a while when he ran away a few years back, and it was quite cute as my dog's name was RJ, and that's what Evelyn used as a name for her husband, Richard Jr.
We noticed the smoke coming in stronger right as Evelyn's daughter came over, and ashes were starting to fly threw the air.
I went up one more time to water down the house to prevent any sparks from going straight to work.
We had one more visitor who had said that the fire crews were having some problems at the orginial site, so the three of us went over while Evelyn's daughter took the couple to her home by Edmonton to saftey.
Newbrook's firefighter's are all volunteer's and everybody knows everyone in a town this small, and I just happen to not mind that crew.
We helped them pull out hose and reel it in for a bit. The fire was cooking hot and it was already 23C above, making it very uncomfortable.
Once we weren't needed, we ran back to the house to make some sandwich's and drinks for the crew, and in that short half hour, the fire had spread over a kilometer and was getting more and more out of control heading south.
They had ended up losing a trailer on the orginial spot, of the fire, but had managed to keep it away from the main house.
Here's some pics from that scene:
Trailer that burnt down:
One of the chopper's bringing water to dump on the trailer:
After we delivered their lunch and I took a few quick snaps (above) we sped back home as that's the way the fire was headed.
We swung back into Evelyn and Richard's place to make sure they left; you could hardly see their house threw the smoke.
The firefigher's ensured us that they had been evacuated and they were working on keeping the fire out of their yard.
They're an old couple now, and would have no chance of getting a new home should it burn down.
I was crossing my finger's that watering the house would at least help a bit.
So we head back for home, and stop at the end of the dirt road, amazed at the amount of smoke that's coming up from the trees.
You can hardly see anything at all.
On the dirt road a half mile from our house.
Tiff (FGR) you'll notice Robyn's field - all that black smoke was her house burning down. Unfortantely for her, she lost both her house and her barn within a matter of 15 minutes.
Again, her house going down. You can see the orange glow behind the smoke from the flames
This was all that was left:
Two of the bomber planes:
The guide plane for the bomber's: