6.30.2011

June 30, 2011

White Dog and the rest of the White Dog Army have been nervously watching the wildfire burning through nearly 145 square miles of incredibly dry forest land that we frequent for picnics and hiking. It is a favorite spot for us on the 4th of July weekend because of its quiet serenity and gentle beauty.

The fire also burned through moisture-rich aspen trees above Los Alamos, allowing the fire to push into a canyon that descends from that mountain into town and runs past the old Manhattan Project site, where the first atomic bomb was developed during World War II. Native sacred lands have been disturbed as well.

Residents of Los Alamos, evacuated earlier in the week, won’t be allowed back home until Monday at the earliest. “I guess we will be staying home this year,” White Dog sadly shared with her siblings, Nuka, Puff and YoYoMa, who were looking forward to their first Independence Day picnic in the area.

Crews have contained only 3 percent of the fire. They were bracing for 40 mph gusts as spot fires continued to pop up Thursday afternoon.

About an acre of lab property has burned, raising concerns about possible contamination from radioactive material stored or buried on lab grounds. As a precaution, the government sent a plane equipped with radiation monitors over the lab. Experts on nuclear engineering are confident that the blaze will not scatter radioactive material. Our pups join those who are not quite so certain.

Our area is dry as kindling and ripe for more wildfire rampages. The White Dog Army jumps in panic every time they hear the premature sound of illegal neighborhood fireworks. They fear the untended campfires as families head into the wilderness to enjoy the extended weekend. They pray that our seasonal winds hold off long enough for firefighters to gain a foothold.

White Dog’s friend, Take Abe, who lives in Tokyo and who is still struggling with basic survival resulting from his country’s tsunami, earthquakes and ensuing nuclear nightmare, sent us a message of concern for our safety and prayers for an end to the destruction. We thank him and all of our blogging family for their positive energy, woos to the Universe, and kind thoughts.

45 comments:

Suka said...

hey White Dog Army,

I am sad to read that your 4th of July plans have been halted. The fire is really raging, and we pray they are able to contain it before it causes more damage. It is very scary about the possible radiation being released. Please take caution and care while the fire burns on. You are all in our thoughts and prayers during this scary time.

Take Abe is very sweet and considerate to think of you while they are dealing with their own very scary and dangerous situations in Japan. Prayers that all are safe.

Suka (and K)

Bailey Be Good! said...

It's so sad that there were so many fires. I hope that no fireworks cause any further damage.

Keeping all of you in my thoughts and puppy prayers!

Woofs & hugs,

~Bailey (Yep, I'm a girl!)

24 Paws of Love said...

Very scary situation. We pray you will be able to stay safe and in your home. I can not imagine what you are going through, but please note we are thinking of you and sending a ton of paw prayers your way.

Teddy Bear said...

We are so sad to hear that your usual 4th of July plans were a no go this year.:( We have our paws crossed that the fire will be put out soon.

Love,
Teddy Bear & Sierra

Mack said...

Fireworks?!
Good Lord, those people need to be arrested!
We are so hoping there is an end to the fires very SOON!
Sugars,
Mack

Mr. Pip said...

What is the silly obsession with fireworks??? I mean the big shows are nice, but the home grown version are so dangerous!

I am still doing my yorkie rain dance for you. Also, praying the fires are contained and no one is hurt.

Your pal, Pip

Random Felines said...

We hope they get it under control soon so everyone out there can be safe!!

Sagira said...

That is so sad. I'm so sorry to hear that plans are off. I hope you guys remain safe and sound.

Remington said...

So sorry to hear this....fires are so scary....

Brian said...

Those fires are so scary. We have two kitty friends near Los Alamos who have had to evacuate. We are all praying that the fires got out really soon.

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

We have been wondering how directly the fire is impacting your lives. Are you very close? Amazing all the crazy things Mother Nature has been experiencing this year. We hope the fire is contained soon, like yesterday, and that you will all remain safe.

Hope you can still enjoy the holiday weekend. Somehow we are pretty sure you will.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

meowmeowmans said...

Dearest White Dog Army,

We have been watching the news of the fires with great trepidation. We have some friends in Alamos who had to evacuate ... so scary. We are purring and praying for you, and everyone being affected. Sending you all much love and positive energy.

Hansel said...

we are very sad about the fires, that you can't visit your usual area and for anyone in the fire's path. We are praying and purring that those fires stay FAR away from your beautiful city.

Kari in WeHo said...

We hope the fire stays away!

Kari
http://dogisgodinreverse.com

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