THE DAY 4 ~ PFEIFFER FIRE IS 79% CONTAINED
A number of Firefighters are being deployed home today. Full fire containment expected by Friday. A ferocious brush fire on wild terrain is under control and nearly out, 4 days in.
Congratulations, Volunteer Fire Departments, Air Support Pilots, et al. Estimated burned land, under 800 acres. Homes and structures lost, about 25. About 100 people lost homes they built by hand, many 40-50 years ago, newly married, still in their teens, raising families and living in a land of unequaled beauty and ever-present danger.
I won’t guarantee I never thought against it ever in my life, but I have by now evolved a particular attitude toward land like this. I cannot fault for a millisecond the brave hearts who choose to make their home on the edge of a cliff, the curve of flooding rivers, inches from a precipice, in frozen tundra, golden desert or at the lip of a canyon.
You take a calculated risk. You get good at escaping disaster. You live brilliantly and well in places most of the world only dreams of, or spends years saving to visit for two weeks one special summer.
And you glimpse sunrises through giant redwoods, live in intoxicating air, and stare at moonsets over crashing surf, in the process making something unique of a life. And that, after all, is what it’s for and all we’ve got. One shot at it.
Hoorah the liberty of finding ourselves, laying aside the measure of risk for the benefit of freedom. Nothing more or less than the stuff dreams are made of.
(Big Sur, Painting Credit: Loyal H. Chapman, Artist)