Aug 7 2018
We officially survived the fire. It was pretty dicey for a few days. Almost 80 square miles burned (51k acres), half private land, the rest BLM and BIA. I discovered to my dismay that the headlights on my borrowed tractor didn't work, making cutting fire breaks in the dark while it was cooler impossible. And then I remembered that I'm a wizard, grabbed my PVS-14 night vision, and learned just how much fun driving a tractor at 1AM with NODs on is. Totally justified buying the damn things.
The fire break work and fuel load reduction around my structures are things that could have been done in much nice weather without smoke. If you have work to do like that, I recommend not slacking like I did. The time I spent packing for evac was disjointed and unfocused. Again, learn from my mistakes, and know where important stuff is. I've got a list going now with gems like "everything in the top drawer of the desk" and "don't forget about the wooden Cola Warrior Plaques on the mantle" in my phone for evac.
Be aware of your local hazards, both likely and not, and make plans for them. Check your preps and your important things to evac. Be good to each other. Oh and buy some steel, we've got a big announcement coming up that's gonna require a lot of cash outlay on our end, but is going to move MOA to the next level
Not sure what steel thickness you need? Check out the Flow Chart (hot link)